The Birth of the Christian Religion (La Naissance du Christianisme): And the Origins of the New Testament (Les Origines du Nouveau Testament)

The Birth of the Christian Religion (La Naissance du Christianisme): And the Origins of the New Testament (Les Origines du Nouveau Testament)

The Birth of the Christian Religion (La Naissance du Christianisme): And the Origins of the New Testament (Les Origines du Nouveau Testament)

The Birth of the Christian Religion (La Naissance du Christianisme): And the Origins of the New Testament (Les Origines du Nouveau Testament)

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The two books here made available for the first time to American readers were Loisy's last notable contributions to the history of early Christian thought.

Alfred Loisy was born in 1857 and died in 1940. From his appointment in 1889 to the professorship of Sacred Scripture at the Institut Catholique in Paris until his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church in 1908, he was one of the acknowledged leaders—perhaps one might say was the leader—of that movement in the Roman Church which is known as "Catholic Modernism, "although he must share this title with George Tyrrell in England and with Ernesto Buonaiuti in Italy. Noted Old and New Testament scholar, brilliant master of the French language, he died at the very time when the German Army under Hitler was overrunning his beloved France.

In order to understand Loisy, it is necessary to see the situation in France which provided a background for much of his thinking. At the time when he was establishing his reputation as a distinguished biblical scholar and a member of the faculty of the celebrated Institut Catholique, the French republic was largely in the hands of a series of clerically minded royalist leaders, and the Roman Catholic Church exercised a very considerable control over'many aspects of the life of the nation, not leastln the educational field. Church and state were no longer separated and genuine freedom of thought was hardly possible under governments which combined an excessive loyalty to the dictates of the Roman Church with a reactionary political and social programme. It is obvious that a scholar of Loisy's calibre, who believed that no study could be conducted objectively if the conclu-

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