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Rooted in the past 15

Progress a necessity 16

Operation of the law of progress 16

Progress Biblical in basis 17

Processes of excision and of assimilation in theological process . 18

Perils of blind conservatism 19

Progress in theology marks the development of the Church's

faith and life 19

Wherein lies the possibility of theological progress ... 19

Theology for life and life for theology 20

Theology must be scientific 21

Its motor power is the Christian consciousness .... 22

By its growth theology its own vindication .... 23

Special call to progress in the present 24

Theology an inspiration of secular progress .... 24

Finality of character wanting to theology 25

Its dealings are with vital forces 26

It is progressive in idea and in its modern spirit ... 27

Progress unlimited by space and time 29

Progress not an aimless abstraction or quantitative result . . 29

A definite aim in progressive theology 30

Progress of modern Christian theology unquestioned . . 31

Compared with the progressiveness of the sciences 33

CHAPTER II.

THE PROGRESSIVENESS OF MODERN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

SEEN IN ITS SPIRIT, METHODS, AND RELATIONS.

Cumulative proofs of the position already assumed as to the

progressiveness of Christian theology .... 34

Progress in the spirit of Christian theology, grown more scien-

tific, more ethical, and more Christian .... 36

Progress in the course of its use of the subjective method . . 37

Its improvements in method illustrated in the inductive, histori-

cal, comparative, deductive, thetical, genetic, and factual

methods employed 38
Its better co-ordination of the theological contents ... 40

of God 64

Anthropomorphism and the Personality of God .... 64

Influence on theology of the recent stress on the doctrine of the

Fatherhood of God 65

Progress in the presentation of the proofs for the Divine Ex-

istence 66

The Cosmological proof in its modern aspects critically reviewed 67

The Teleological argument in modern theology critically consid-

ered in relation to modern Evolutionism .... 70

The recent course of the Ontological argument and how it is re-

garded by recent Christian thought . . . . . 73

Value of the foregoing arguments as theological proofs . . 74

High place of the Moral argument in modern theology . . 75

Modern progress of Trinitarian thought 77

Rational character of Trinitarian teaching in recent Christian

theology 79

Growth in apprehension of the doctrine of angels ... 80

Methods of Creation and modern science 82

Creation and evolution 83

Creation and man 84

Place of Man in modern theology 85

Recent Christian thought in relation to theories of modern

Materialism and Agnosticism on man .... 86

Better anthropological basis of modern theology ... 87

Clearer apprehensions of the doctrine of Immortality, and of

ideal manhood 88

CHAPTER IV.

PROGRESS IN THE SPHERE OF THE CONTENTS OF

Christian Theology—continued.

Modern views of Revelation go

Progress in modes of conceiving its historic nature and pro-

gressive method .... .... 91

Old distinction between natural and revealed religion discarded 92

Modern relations between revelation and reason ... 93
Former place of authority in revelation 94

Organic view of revelation 94

Progress in modern conceptions respecting Miracle ... 94

The miraculous element: how regarded and retained . . 95

Advance on deistic position 95

Miracles no longer violations of the laws of nature ... 96

Miracles not exterior attestations but constituent elements ol

revelation 97

Their relation to Christ's Incarnation and Person ... 98

Their emblematic character ....... 99

Improved views of Prophecy 99

Prophecy viewed in less external light and used in less technical

manner 100

Organic whole of prophecy too

Advances wrought of the historic method as touching prophecy 101

Changed views of Inspiration 102

Inspiration and modern criticism 102

Mechanical theories discarded 103

Progress of the dynamic theory illustrated 104

Blending of the divine and the human elements in the inspira-

tional process 105

Old theory of absolute inerrancy dropped 105

Wiser hold on reality of Biblical inspiration .... 106

Progress in modern theology in respect of the Incarnation . 106

Relation of the Incarnation to God's Self-Revelation . . 107

Relation of the Incarnation to the creation .... 108

Its cosmical significance 108

Relations of the Incarnation to the Atonement in modern Chris-

tian theology 109

True relations of the Incarnation and the Kail, as apprehended

in recent Christian thought 109

CHAPTER V.

PROGRESS IN THE SPHERE OF THE CHRISTIAN

ContentsC07iiinued.

Progress of modern Christian thought in the way Sin has been
viewed rather as a disease of our distempered self-hood than

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