A Guide to the Study of the Christian Religion

A Guide to the Study of the Christian Religion

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A Guide to the Study of the Christian Religion

A Guide to the Study of the Christian Religion

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That Christianity is today passing through one of the most significant transformations in its history is a fact apparent on every hand. The present generation has come into full consciousness of the new world which has arisen as a result of the discoveries and inventions of the past century or more. New social and industrial conditions, new acquaintance with the non-Christian world of today, a more thorough- going knowledge of the vast stretches of human history, and a new science with its promise of a hitherto undreamed-of mastery of the forces of the universe, have led to a new appreciation of the task of the Christian church.

Thus the divinity school today is attempting to organize the education of ministers of the gospel and of religious teachers and missionaries with reference to many situations and problems which formerly did not exist. The history of Christianity can no longer be studied in isolation from the total history of which it is a part. The study of the Bible must be undertaken with a full understanding of all that is involved in the processes of historical criticism. Systematic theology must consider religious beliefs in relation to the modern scientific and philosophical ideals which are regnant. The department of practical theology must deal with the bewildering needs occasioned by the shifting habits of people in modern industrial and spiritual life. An entirely new realm of theological training has been organized in order to prepare men to understand the social problems which are so intimately related to the religious life.

Aside from discussions of the "higher criticism" there has been almost no literature from which one could learn how a modern divinity school is attempting to meet the demands . . .

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