The Protestant Tradition: An Essay in Interpretation

The Protestant Tradition: An Essay in Interpretation

The Protestant Tradition: An Essay in Interpretation

The Protestant Tradition: An Essay in Interpretation

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This essay has a threefold origin. As the Foreword indicates, it includes five lectures on Classic Protestantism and Modern Issues which I delivered at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas, in February 1953. A week in Texas is unforgettable, even for an Englishman who has long known at first hand the great friendliness and hospitality of Americans all over the United States. I take this opportunity of recording my special gratitude to Dean James I. McCord, who made it possible for me to share so much of the Protestant tradition in all its Texan vitality.

It also contains the substance of six lectures which I delivered during February and March 1954 at St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, under the generous auspices of the Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation, and entitled Our Protestant Heritage in the Modern World. Living for six weeks on the campus of a famous Liberal Arts college of the upper Mid-West enabled me to appreciate the Protestant tradition in ways which were new to me. It was my first sustained contact with Lutheranism outside Germany; also my first experience of a Lutheran piety and liturgy which had originated in Scandinavia. Further, my sojourn at St Olaf with fifteen hundred students of all faculties was absorbingly interesting, not only because of the warmth of their cooperation, but also because their fine natural loyalty to their Lutheran heritage gives to their university life a notable homogeneity. To them; to the President of the College, Dr Clemens M. Granskou; to Faculty members in . . .

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