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RELIGION IN THE THOUGHT OF TODAY

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THOUGHT OF TODAY

BY

CARL S. PATTON

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1924

All rights reserved

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PREFACE

THE following chapters contain the substance of a course of lectures given at Berkeley, California, in the winter of 1922, on the Earl Foundation. The terms of this foundation stipulate that the lecturer may choose his own topic, so long as his treatment of it is a contribution to “the purposes of a high evangelism.” In these chapters I undertake an account of the present status of thought on certain topics of interest to Christian people of the present day: Evolution, the Old Testament, the New Testament, Philosophy, and Theology. I hope this may not seem too much like attempting a thumb-nail account of the universe. There is a body of current thought on these matters which can be outlined without too much detail, yet without disloyalty to the findings of the specialists. There is even an advantage in attempting such an outline in one course of lectures. Some men know the doctrine of evolution, but their studies have not led them to the view of the Bible that naturally goes with it. Others know the Old Testament in the new way, but continue to know the New in the old way, or have theological opinions but remain ignorant of the philosophic basis upon which they rest. It is worth while to see how certain positions in one of these fields go logically with certain positions in others. This fact may sometimes be better perceived by the general student than by those expert in any one of these lines.

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