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Religion and Theology: A Sermon for the Times Preached in the Parish Church of Crathie, fifth September and in the College Church, St Andrews   By: (1823-1886)

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RELIGION AND THEOLOGY

A SERMON FOR THE TIMES

PREACHED IN THE

PARISH CHURCH OF CRATHIE, 5TH SEPTEMBER

AND IN THE

COLLEGE CHURCH, ST ANDREWS

BY

JOHN TULLOCH, D.D.

PRINCIPAL AND PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, ST MARY'S COLLEGE, IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, AND ONE OF HER MAJESTY'S CHAPLAINS IN ORDINARY IN SCOTLAND

SECOND EDITION

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS EDINBURGH AND LONDON MDCCCLXXV

WORKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

I.

HISTORY OF RATIONAL THEOLOGY

AND

CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLAND

IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

Second Edition, 2 vols. 8vo, £1, 8s.

Edinburgh Review.

The pleasure with which Principal Tulloch explores this comparatively unknown field communicates itself to his readers, and the academic groves of Oxford and Cambridge are invested with the freshness of a new glory.

Athenæum.

It is rich in pregnant and suggestive thought.

Saturday Review.

Here we must take our respectful leave of this large minded, lively, and thoughtful work, which deserves to the full the acceptance it cannot fail to receive.

Spectator.

Every thoughtful and liberal Englishman who reads these volumes will feel that Principal Tulloch has laid him under obligations in writing them.

British Quarterly Review.

Ample scholarship, well disciplined powers, catholic sympathies, and a masculine eloquence, give it a high place among modern contributions to theological science.

Nonconformist.

From his lively portraits they will learn to know some of the finest spirits England has produced; while from his able and comprehensive summaries of the works they left behind them, any reader of quick intelligence may acquaint himself with their leading thoughts.

II.

THEISM:

THE WITNESS OF REASON AND NATURE TO AN ALL WISE AND BENEFICENT CREATOR.

Octavo, 10s. 6d.

Christian Remembrancer.

Dr Tulloch's Essay, in its masterly statement of the real nature and difficulties of the subject, its logical exactness in distinguishing the illustrative from the suggestive, its lucid arrangement of the argument, its simplicity of expression, is quite unequalled by any work we have seen on the subject.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD & SONS, EDINBURGH AND LONDON.

RELIGION AND THEOLOGY.

2 Cor. xi. 3. "The simplicity that is in Christ."

There is much talk in the present time of the difficulties of religion. And no doubt there is a sense in which religion is always difficult. It is hard to be truly religious to be humble, good, pure, and just; to be full of faith, hope, and charity, so that our conduct may be seen to be like that of Christ, and our light to shine before men. But when men speak so much nowadays of the difficulties of religion, they chiefly mean intellectual and not practical difficulties. Religion is identified with the tenets of a Church system, or of a theological system; and it is felt that modern criticism has assailed these tenets in many vulnerable points, and made it no longer easy for the open and well informed mind to believe things that were formerly held, or professed to be held, without hesitation. Discussions and doubts which were once confined to a limited circle when they were heard of at all, have penetrated the modern mind through many avenues, and affected the whole tone of social intelligence. This is not to be denied. For good or for evil such a result has come about; and we live in times of unquiet thought, which form a real and painful trial to many minds. It is not my intention at present to deplore or to criticise this modern tendency, but rather to point out how it may be accepted, and yet religion in the highest sense saved to us, if not without struggle (for that is always impossible in the nature of religion), yet without that intellectual conflict for which many minds are entirely unfitted, and which can never be said in itself to help religion in any minds.

The words which I have taken as my text seem to me to suggest a train of thought having an immediate bearing on this subject... Continue reading book >>




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