The Failure of Theology in Modern Literature

The Failure of Theology in Modern Literature

The Failure of Theology in Modern Literature

The Failure of Theology in Modern Literature

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The title of this book is shamelessly negative. It had its origin on an occasion when I heard Paul Scherer say that every Christian doctrine has its secular counterpart. I wondered if that is true of literature. Could such a statement be documented by the great literary works of our time? This book is my answer. Begun on a negative bias, it never overcame it. At least, not completely. In a way, I am glad it did not, for otherwise it would have ended by coming at the subject by the same route traveled by so many authors writing on the subject of theology and literature. This, dear reader, will at least be different.

Now that the book is finished, my main regret is that so many authors and works have been left unmentioned. Some have been omitted because I simply did not know them. I realize that this is inexcusable. The further I got into the subject, the more I admitted to myself that this is the sort of task that ought to be tackled only by an old man who has read omnivorously since childhood; but I had started, and could not turn back. If it is any satisfaction to the reader, I am sure that I shall mentally rewrite the text a hundred times before I am done -- once for each new item I come across through the years that should have been included. But I hasten to lay claim . . .

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