The Doctrine of the Atonement

The Doctrine of the Atonement

The Doctrine of the Atonement

The Doctrine of the Atonement

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The first book I ever wrote was on the doctrine of the Atonement. I was very young at the time, and I thought it was rather good. But older and wiser friends to whom I showed the manuscript advised against its publication. I took their advice because they were older, and I could not very well do otherwise. Now that I can see for myself how much they were also wiser, I must begin this Preface by acknowledging to them my debt of gratitude.

There remained with me the desire to develop the line of thought prematurely expressed in that youthful essay. A dozen years later I gave an indication of it in Chapter V of And was Made Man, and said in the Preface that it was my hope and intention to make it the subject of my next book. Many things have intervened to postpone the carrying out of that intention. This fragment of autobiography will serve to show how great is my debt of gratitude to the Trustees of the Hale Foundation. They have not only done me the great honour of appointing me to be their Lecturer for the year; they have also provided the occasion for the fulfilment of one of my most long-cherished hopes.

In thanking Dean Kelley, the Faculty, the Students and the Staff of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, I must join my wife's thanks with my own. It is seldom that a lecturer has so inspiring an audience, and the memory of the friendly hospitality that we enjoyed during all too short a stay will long remain with us.

In the first chapter I have made considerable use of a paper published in the Church Quarterly Review for July-- September, 1942, and I wish to thank the Editor for his permission to do this.

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