The Temptation of Christ (Heathen Edition)

The Temptation of Christ (Heathen Edition)

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George Slatyer Barrett, B.A. (1839-1916) was for 45 years (1866-1911) the minister of Prince's Street Congregational (now United Reformed) Church in Norwich, which under his tutelage was considered "one of the most influential Congregational churches in England." He was educated at University College, London; trained for the ministry at Lancashire Independent College, Manchester; was invested with the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity at the University of St. Andrew's; and was the 1894 Chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. As an author, he made several important contributions to theological literature, including his best-known work as editor of The Congregational Church Hymnal (1887).

With The Temptation of Christ, Barrett (ever the Nonconformist) challenges traditional thinking concerning Jesus' time in the wilderness by focusing his attention on its perceived psychological problems, positing "if instead of such a mechanical and literal interpretation of the narrative, we suppose that our Lord was tempted by doubts as to His own Divine plan?" An analysis that has been lauded as "wisely and reverently and spiritually interpreted, with ever fresh pertinence and power."
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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9mm | 195g
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 1948316072
  • 9781948316071

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"Eminently popular in style and practical in aim." -Christian

"Marked alike by careful language and sober thought." -Guardian

"...conveys many valuable thoughts, and suggests much that will be profitable to the reader." -The Universalist Quarterly

"The theme is one of absorbing interest, and is treated throughout with reverence and perspicuity, while practical lessons are drawn with considerable skill." -Outlook

"It is in the pulpit that the secret of [Barrett's] career lies. When the sermon is over ... our impulse just then is to go home, and in quiet think out the questions between God and our soul which he has raised." -Thomas Robinson, Evangelical Magazine

"Theologically and ecclesiastically Mr. Barrett is an earnest Nonconformist, with definite and dogmatic views. In some directions he is a long way in advance of current opinion, be he draws the line very clearly and sharply. Few men maintain so high a level of preaching as he ... a true priest." -Christian Age

"Intended for devotional reading, but of a kind somewhat different from that of the last generation, Mr. Barrett's work, although strictly practical, is written in the light of the latest results in scholarship. It holds firmly by the conclusions of the Evangelical school, and deals chiefly with the psychological problems of the narrative. It is intelligent, reverent, and spiritual, marked by much literary beauty, and will be read with interest by both learned and simple. The temptation of our Lord has been expounded a thousand times; but it has its own special lesson to every generation of men, and when, as here, wisely and reverently and spiritually interpreted, it comes with ever fresh pertinence and power. Its teaching lies close to human life, and Mr. Barrett has applied it with fine discernment, broad sympathies, and excellent literary taste." -British Quarterly Review
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