The Rise of Modern Religious Ideas
by Arthur Cushman McGiffert (9781406749748)

The Rise of Modern Religious Ideas
 
Arthur Cushman McGiffert
Release Date: 01 March 2007
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
Category: Theology
ISBN: 9781406749748
ISBN-10: 1406749745



THE RISE OF MODERN RELIGIOUS IDEAS WORKS ON MODERN THEOLOGY QEKEJtAL EDITOR JAMES M. WHITON, Ph. D. THE RISE OF MODERN RELIGIOUS IDEAS BY ARTHUR C. McGIFFERT, Ph. D., D. D. PROFESSOR OF CHURCH HISTORY IN UNION THEOLOGICAX SEMTNAB. Y THE BIBLE AND THE RELIGION OF THE SPIRIT BY FRANK C. PORTER, Ph. D., D, D. PROFESSOR OF BrsriCAX. THEOLOGY IN YAI-E TJNTVERSITX Other volumes are in prepantticm THE MACMILLAN COMPANY PUBLISHERS CMJ FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK TO FRANCIS BROWN IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF A FELLOWSHIP OF MORE THAN A SCORE OF YEARS EDITORIAL NOTE THE volumes of this series are severally designed to embody the results of such theological research, re construction, and readjustment as have thus far taken place, especially during the last half - century. That the work already done in this fine leaves no more of it to be expected and desired is as foreign to the thought of tfye present collaborators as confidence in a perfected work was native in the thought of the old divines. That the systematic theology framed by these has hopelessly broken down in title collapse of the ancient conceptions of God, of Nature, of the Bible, and of man, which molded and sustained it, is now frankly confessed in the chief seats of theological instruction. Much of it still survives. Though in modern time, it is not of it, and is gradually yielding to the transform ing influences of modern knowledge. The modern theologian believes and intends to re member with Paul, that we know in part, and we prophesy in part. Certain of the things that cannot be shaken, that remain our heritage forever, he is as mindful of successors, whom ever growing knowledge will enable to improve upon his work, as he is of predecessors, whose work he has similarly been enabled to improve upon. vii viil EDITORIAL NOTE Thus recognizing his limitations he is content to contribute in these volumes what he can from the at tainments of the present toward the advance of future generations in knowledge of the works and ways of the Infinite Spirit, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. J. M. W. PREFACE THIS volume is based upon the Earl Lectures, given before the Pacific Theological Seminary, at Berkeley, California, in September, 1912 A number of years ago, in response to the request of Doctor James M. Whiton, I promised to write a book on the Antecedents of Modern Theology, as one of a series dealing with modern religious thought. Circumstances delayed its preparation, and, when the invitation was received to give the Earl Lectures, it seemed wise to take a kindred theme as the subject of the course. With the gracious approval, both of the seminary authorities and of the editor of the series, the present volume, which contains the sub stance of the lectures, but in a different form and considerably enlarged, appears as the first of the series on modern religious thought. The limits imposed by the nature of the series, while permitting a more extended discussion than was pos sible in a course of six lectures, yet forbade aught but a summary treatment of a few representative topics, and even these, I am well aware, are presented in an all too fragmentary and incomplete fashion. But, in spite of its limitations, it is hoped that the book may serve its purpose, not as a history of modern religious ix X - PREFACE thought, which it does not pretend to be, but as an account of the influences which have promoted, and of the circumstances which have attended, the rise of some of the leading religious ideas of the present day, in so far as they differ from the ideas of other days, and hence may fairly be called modern. If as such it shall in any degree contribute to an understanding of the existing situation, its aim will have been achieved. Thanks are due to my colleagues, Professor George A. Coe and Professor Thomas C Hall, for their kind ness in reading the proof of certain chapters and aid ing me with valuable suggestions...

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