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Christianity: Incomprehensible Christ
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) HOWEVER inadequately, or with what failure of directness, the engrossing themes discussed in this and subsequent chapters may be treated, I could wish it understood from the first that this book is written in no spirit of pessimism.
Christianity: The Church - The Church Urban And Rural
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) THERE is a widely prevalent view that ecclesiastical Christianity is somehow much out of joint with the times; that it is seriously failing in its required function for the enlargement of the Kingdom. This view is grave. It merits honest, searching, and fearless examination. Is the view correct?
Christianity: The Church And The Poor
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) A GREAT Christian ideal is that the gospel is for the poor. Christ was born and reared among the lowly. He was known as the friend of those who labor and are heavy-laden. His services for and among the poor were so brotherly, so sincere, so rich, so unceasing, that throughout his entire public life his very pathway was thronged by grateful masses.
Christianity: Rational Readjustments
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) THE unceasing growth of knowledge and the steady expansion of thought are resistless revisionary forces. At first thought it might seem incongruous that enlightened reason could ever be the agent of uncertainty and bewilderment to the Christian mind. But, as a matter of fact, reason has been the great intellectual and social disturber of the ages.
Christianity: Biblical Criticism
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) INTOLERANCE IS a spirit so easily harbored as almost to make it seem native to the human mind. It shows itself in all realms of opinion, in social customs, in politics, in religion, but nowhere more so than in religion. There are those both in and out of the Church for whom the exposition of any truth in collision with their fixed belief would prove entirely useless.
Christianity: Secularized Education
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) FOREMOST among the forces which tend to turn .American life away from a reverent spirituality is the secular spirit which so largely prevails in our educational systems. The well-nigh universal secularization of education has proven a destructive foe to spirituality.
Christianity: Educated Leadership
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) MANY difficulties which beset the present-day Church inhere in intellectual conditions which are quite distinctive to the age. The time was in the older New England when the pulpit was the intellectual oracle of the community.. The preacher was the best-educated man in the town.
Christianity: Plutocracy
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) I DESIRE to preface this chapter by some statements regarding the legitimacy and rights of private wealth. Both have sure standing ground in Christian ethics. Nothing can be more irrational, nothing less justified, than an indiscriminate outcry against the owners of wealth.
Christianity: Socialism
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) A FORCE, and a rapidly growing one, which stoutly challenges popular interest as against the Church, is Socialism. Socialism purposes to secure its end by political methods. It is, therefore, essentially a political movement. As such, up to the present time, it has secured far greater volume and momentum in Europe than in America.
Christianity: Christianity's Leavening Life
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) THE Christian Church is not to be judged narrowly. Historically, as measured both by its vitality and fruit-fulness, it is the greatest institution known to man. Originating in the Orient, it is substantially Western in its development. Indeed, it may be measuredly said, it is largely the creator of the world's most enlightened and advanced civilizations.
Christianity: Christian Missions
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) IN addressing the National Convention of twenty-five hundred Methodist men at Indianapolis, Dr. Robert E. Speer predicted that, when the future student of history shall look back upon our times to inquire as to what has really been the greatest movement of history, 'he will select as the deepest and most characteristic movement of this time Christianity's readjustment of its mission and the....
Christianity: The Inworking God
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) UNDER the charm of his indescribable personality, the little band of disciples for three wonderful years, more or less, had been companioned with Christ. In this time they had come to associate his continual presence with them as indispensable to the realization of their most cherished hopes and intense ambitions.
Christianity: Divineness Of Man
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) THE two supreme facts of Christian revelation are - God and Man. These facts are the two foci of the moral universe. These facts the Christian revelation invests with a distinctive, an infinite, significance and value which from no other source could be possible to human thought. God, under one conception or an-other, has always been a postulate of thought.
Christianity: Modern Prophets
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) IF into Christian thought there should come a distinctive, a rising and swelling tide of interest in human welfare, it would be safe to assign a divine inspiration as the cause of such a movement. That such a tide is now invasive of Protestant Christianity admits of no intelligent denial.
Christianity: Prophetic Vistas
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) DR. D. S. CAIRNS, in his Christianity in the Modern World, in the line of a very able discussion says : 'The crying need of our own age in the industrial sphere is the deepening and diffusion of the sense of the Common Good.' This sentence holds in itself a whole gospel of industrial reconstruction, of social regeneration.
Christianity: The Abiding Church
(Topic: Christianity, Christian Thought, Christian Philosophy) A CHIEF function of Christianity is to produce Christ-like men. For this result it provides both agencies and nurture. Among agencies the Church has been and will remain the very chief. It cannot be too clearly understood that the Church is not Christianity. Nor is it synonymous with the Kingdom.
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