Introduction To The Study Of Theology

Paperback | January 19, 2012

byJames Drummond

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... life of the Church agencies other than religious, and, generally, of the relation of the Church to such agencies when existing outside its own borders; or, briefly, the action of the Church outside the sphere of religion. We thus obtain, I think, an exhaustive division of our subject, and dispose its principal lines of investigation in their logical sequence. It will now be our duty to describe the subordinate topics which come under the several heads. 1. Ecclesiastical Organisation.--In order to solve the very important and difficult problems which here present themselves, we must clearly apprehend what it is that we wish to express and to accomplish; for each member of the organism ought to be in harmony with the idea from which we start, and tend to the fulfilment of the aim which we have in view. An organising genius loves perfection of machinery; but this very perfection might prove injurious to the ease and flexibility of movement which are needed for spiritual growth. The discipline of a camp, where the one end is to defeat the enemy, would be intolerable in civil life, and sacrifice to a military fondness for order the highest interests of mankind. In the same way ecclesiastical arrangements which were admirably adapted to bring the reason and conscience of men under the control of some central authority might be ill calculated to develop the inward resources of the soul, and train it in the exercise of a power which should be at once reverential and free. It is evident, therefore, that our ideal of the religious man and of the religious community must influence fundamentally our theory of ecclesiastical organisation. Thus we are thrown back (as has been already intimated) upon Systematic Theology. It is there that we learn the idea and the princi...

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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. 1884. Excerpt: ... life of the Church agencies other than religious, and, generally, of the relation of the Church to such agencies when existing...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:January 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217854281

ISBN - 13:9780217854283

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