The Earliest Gospel: Studies of the Evangelic Tradition at Its Point of Crystallization in Writing

The Earliest Gospel: Studies of the Evangelic Tradition at Its Point of Crystallization in Writing

The Earliest Gospel: Studies of the Evangelic Tradition at Its Point of Crystallization in Writing

The Earliest Gospel: Studies of the Evangelic Tradition at Its Point of Crystallization in Writing

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How is it possible at a time like the present, when the whole world is at war, to sit down calmly and consider such a subject as the Earliest Gospel, to study the evangelic tradition at the stage in which it first took literary form, to discuss such fine points as the emergence of a particular theology in early Christianity or the transition from primitive Christian messianism to the normative doctrine of later creeds, confessions, hymns, and prayers? Would it not be better to consider the more fundamental question of the relevance of Christian faith in general to the world we live in, and the practicability of the Christian ethic in a society which has never wholeheartedly accepted Christianity and now threatens to renounce even its moderate and partial adherence to Christian principles? The answer to these questions involves an examination of the whole problem of the relation of the Gospels to modern civilization, and I beg leave to refer the reader to an article on this subject recently published in Religion in Life. It is not a final statement, but it attempts to open up the subject and to suggest some of the considerations which are relevant to the final answer.

All Christians ought to be concerned over this question . . .

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