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CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES,

LETTERS, AND ARTS OF PADUA;
AUTHOR OF 'THE PROGRESSIVENESS OF MODERN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT,
ESSAYS, LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL,' 'THE SIGNIFICANCE
OF THE OLD TESTAMENT FOR MODERN THEOLOGY,'

ETC., ETC.;
AND MINISTER OF ST ANDREW'S PARISH,

KILMARNOCK

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UNI,

OF CAL FORN

PREFACE.

The unusually favourable reception accorded in the most competent quarters to my former work on «The Progressiveness of Modern Christian Thought' has led me to prepare the present and much larger volume. As that work sought to vindicate the Progressiveness of Christian Theology in general, so this contends for the Progressiveness of Theism in particular, and seeks more especially to prove the actual progressiveness of recent theistic thought. This I have deemed worthy of separate endeavour for reasons that seem to me to be specially weighty in connection with theistic thought. Besides, I certainly do not know any more important inquiry in itself for our race than that which concerns itself with those theistic beliefs which are the basal truths of all religion; and this inquiry has in recent times become shifted from the search after a revelation by an acknowledged Creator, which marked the days of Deism, to the

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