The London Quarterly Review Volume . 103

The London Quarterly Review Volume . 103

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...and in the extension of the range of apologetic research. Troeltsch closes his review with the timely reminder that in the end all these comparative studies leave us, like the theologians of the eighteenth century, face to face with the problem of the miraculous element in Christianity. From the lofty uplands of speculation, where sometimes Higher Criticism takes its rise, many hypotheses have flowed down to us since that great scholar, Dr. Franz Delitzsch, said: 'For thirty years I have busied myself with the history and literature of the people from among whom Christ sprang, and I am ever more and more convinced that the connexion of His times with the circumstances of His life will never explain that which He was and that which He became to the world.' No modern researches'have invalidated the soundness of that judgement. The meal of humanity did not evolve the leaven. Bousset bids us have no fear that evolution will explain away the unique element in Christianity, and, lest we should be faint-hearted, reminds us of 'the fact that out of this vast chaotic movement Christianity emerged as a conquering and all-dominating power; all the valuable elements in that chaos Christianity has attracted to itself, and has crystallized them into a single form--a unity, though complex.' True, 'crystallization' is not all; but Bousset also speaks of' the creative power of the gospel and of the person of Christ.' The 'religious-historical method, ' even when used by antichristian scholars, is of no avail against the truth; it will render service to the cause of truth in proportion as Reischle's significant words are borne in mind: 'Dogmatics can call itself Christian only... as it clearly distinguishes the Holy Spirit of God who works in and through...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758412
  • 9781236758415