Studies in Christianity

Studies in Christianity

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Studies in Christianity

Studies in Christianity

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The first three of these Essays have been separately published before. As they here appear they have been revised and considerably extended.

The Essays have not been written for specialists, nor for professional unbelievers, but solely to relieve some of the difficulties under which popular religious thought labors because of misunderstanding. Indeed, the entire volume might be described as an aid to progressive orthodoxy, or as an attempt to combine the new theology with the old religion. That the future as well as the past belongs to the old religion I am perfectly sure. This religion has often been ignorantly and inadequately conceived, and even caricatured at times by its disciples, but it has the advantage over all its competitors and proposed substitutes of being alive; and life counts for much in organic history, spiritual as well as physical. At the same time the old religion may need a new theology for its better expression and formulation, and in this sense a new theology may be a valuable aid to the old religion.

Quite unsuspected by the noiser champions, the problems of religious debate are fast chang-

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