The Evolution of Christianity by Lyman Abbott

By Lyman Abbott

Lyman Abbott was once an American liberal theologian and a confidant of Theodore Roosevelt. He was once a average guy who sought to re-establish Christian religion one of the American humans in a interval of swap. This ebook, first released in 1893, argued that religious adventure is usually new and for this reason all ages calls for a brand new expression for it. A believer within the hazard of harmonious coexistence among the Church and evolutionary conception, Abbott proposed a 'more intelligible and credible' faith that endeavoured to maintain religion through expressing it in modern phrases. He maintained that technology and religion have been suitable and that either typical and non secular parts belonged to a shared nation ruled through the legislations of development. mixing religion in ancient Christianity with trust in growth and evolutionary concept, Abbott aimed to supply a bridge among spiritual lifestyles and past due nineteenth-century philosophical notion.

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He is, properly speaking, a theist. The Bible has a unique place in the literature of the world. It has comforted the sorrowing, inspired the apathetic, guided the perplexed, strengthened the weak, and called to practical repentance the sinful and the erring. No theology can be true which takes this Bible out of human life, weakens its sacred authority, makes it less valuable as an inspiration and a guide, reduces it to the commonplaces of the world's thought, and degrades it and deprives it of its life-giving power.

The current questions in Christian circles respecting the Bible may all be reduced to the question whether revelation is thus a progressive revelation, with those incompletenesses and imperfections which are necessary accompaniments of progression, or whether it is a complete and perfect revelation, unchanging and unchangeable from the outset, ACCORDING THE EVOLUTION OF THE BIBLE. 27 and like its divine Author, the same yesterday, to-day, and forever. The question, therefore, to which I invite the reader's attention in this chapter is not whether the Bible is an inspired literature and contains a divine revelation.

The Christian evolutionist looks upon the political laws of the Jews in the same way. There are three great organic sins destructive 52 THE EVOLUTION OF CHRISTIANITY. of any society which harbors them: war, which is destructive of national order, and while it lasts turns the nation into an armed camp; slavery, which degrades labor and forbids the education of the laborers, that is, of the vast majority of the population; and polygamy, which makes family life impossible, and in the individual substitutes lust for love.

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