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A Statement: On the Future of This Church   By: (1879-1964)

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In the thought-provoking book, A Statement: On the Future of This Church, author John Haynes Holmes presents a powerful argument about the need for change within the church. With insightful analysis and a clear vision, Holmes challenges traditional beliefs and calls into question the future of organized religion.

The book begins by examining the historical development of the church and its role in society. Holmes acknowledges the positive aspects of the church, such as providing a sense of community and a moral compass for its followers. However, he also acknowledges its inherent flaws and limitations, which have hindered its ability to adapt to an ever-evolving world.

One of the key themes that Holmes explores is the necessity for the church to evolve with societal progress. He argues that the church must align its teachings and practices with contemporary understanding and values, rather than clinging to outdated traditions. This perspective encourages readers to critically examine their own beliefs and question whether they are genuinely aligned with modern ethics and social expectations.

Holmes does not shy away from addressing controversial topics within the church, such as gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. He advocates for inclusivity and believes that the church has a responsibility to challenge discriminatory practices and foster a more accepting environment. These ideas may challenge some readers' preconceived beliefs, but they serve as a catalyst for self-reflection and growth.

Throughout the book, Holmes employs persuasive arguments backed by historical references and theological insights. His meticulous research is evident, providing readers with a well-rounded understanding of the issues at hand. Although the book may be challenging for those who strongly adhere to traditional religious doctrines, it offers a refreshing perspective that encourages open dialogue and the possibility of a more inclusive future.

A Statement: On the Future of This Church by John Haynes Holmes is a thought-provoking exploration of the church's role in a rapidly changing world. Holmes expertly challenges long-held beliefs, encouraging readers to consider the necessity of adapting to new societal norms. His well-reasoned arguments and historical references make this an engaging read for anyone seeking a fresh perspective on the future of organized religion.

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Transcriber's Note: Page numbers are indicated thus [3] at the end of each printed page.

The Messiah Pulpit


the Future of This Church


John Haynes Holmes

Minister of the Church of the Messiah

Series 1918 1919 No. VI


Published by the

Church of the Messiah

Park Avenue and 34th Street

New York City



The Messiah Pulpit, by tradition and practice, is a free platform, dedicated to the ideal of truth. Its sermons, in both their spoken and written form, are the utterances of the preacher, who accepts for them exclusive responsibility.

The publication of these sermons is made possible by a private fund for this purpose. Contributions to this fund are needed, and may be sent to Rev. John Haynes Holmes, 61 East 34th Street, New York City.



On the Future of This Church

On Sunday, November 24 last, as most of you know. I was invited by unanimous vote of the people of All Souls Church, Chicago, "to take up the work laid down by (their) beloved pastor," the late Dr. Jenkin Lloyd Jones. On Thursday, November 28, I received this call through the personal visitation of two members of the Chicago church, and agreed to give it most earnest consideration. On Sunday, December 1, through my associate, Mr... Continue reading book >>

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