Henry Boynton Smith

Henry Boynton Smith

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...elements of its power. He quotes with approval Madden's line, " Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things." He had no patience with the rationalistic tendency that would reduce the facts of theology to mere notions. "The spirit of nominalism, resting in words and definitions, eats out the core of theology." 2 There was need of such teaching. A new scholasticism was in danger of gaining possession of American theology, especially of its more liberal forms. On the solid basis of this Christian realism Smith would build up the theological system itself. That it may be a true system, that is, that it may be truly scientific, it must have some central principle which will give shape and direction to all its parts. This principle is the one stated so fully and powerfully in the Andover address. It is no other than Christ himself. But it is to be noted that the principle is not stated here in precisely the same way. There is a distinct enlargement and advance in his thought. The earlier address did not make it wholly plain what is the element in Christ's person and work which gives the principle. For all that is said there, it might be the incarnation alone, or the person, apart from the work, of the Saviour. This point is now carefully stated and defined. Christianity is the religion of redemption. This is its prime characteristic. "And this redemption centres in the person and work of Christ, the one mediator between God and man. In his mediation is, then, to be found the central principle of this divine economy. It may be called the Mediatorial principle, for mediation between a holy God and sinful man is the essence of his work: or it may be termed the Christological principle, as it represents to us the person of...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123652747X
  • 9781236527479