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Evolution in Christian Doctrine (Paperback) Loot Price: R442
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Evolution in Christian Doctrine (Paperback): Percy Gardner

Evolution in Christian Doctrine (Paperback)

Percy Gardner

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918. Excerpt: ... essence of the higher ethics to mortify and diminish, in a quite false exaltation. All these changes Christianity has lived through; and it is fair to say that a vivid and exalted Christian life is compatible with any of the forms of belief which I have mentioned. But it is clear that the more modern forms of belief are far nearer to those of early Christian times than the picturesque views of the Middle Ages. But we can hardly as yet say that we see anything like a progressive or evolutional change of belief. What we see in the past is rather the gradual rise of a great structure of eschatological belief, and its gradual decay, so that we now stand on much the same level as did Christians before it was formed. That some doctrines of Christianity should steadily evolve in accordance with the progress of knowledge, while others should alter but little, or revolve within a circle, is exactly what we should expect if the principles set forth in the first chapter are well founded. We have considered three sections of doctrine. Those of providence and prayer are most immediately affected by the progress of physical science, which necessarily conditions them, and they move steadily in one direction with the changing intellectual environment. The doctrine of the Kingdom of God is necessarily affected by changing social outlooks, but less exposed than those before mentioned to the impact of scientific discovery. Here it is a question rather of changing ideals than of expanding knowledge. The doctrine of the future life for individuals has no basis in knowledge, whether knowledge of the physical world or of human nature. For the definite proofs of its existence, while appealing to individuals, have little objective cogency, unless, as 1 have already observed, we a...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: Percy Gardner
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 100
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-57692-5
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-57692-3
Barcode: 9780217576925

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