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ESSAYS TOWARDS A NEW THEOLOGY

PUBLISHED BY JAMES MACLEHOSE AND SONS, GLASGOW

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MDCCCLXXXIX

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PREFACE.

The following essays are to be regarded as a continuation of the argument begun in two pamphlets, entitled respectively The Obsoleteness of the Westminster Confession of Faith, and The Insufficiency of Revivalism as a Religious System. As some misapprehension has existed regarding the connection in which these two discussions were to be taken, I explain that the first-mentioned pamphlet was of primary importance to the writer. I had to deal with revivalism, because I wished to criticise theology. The pamphlet on the Confession was written to remind the Christian public what a new world human thought has entered since the days of the Westminster Assembly. Especially these four changes were dwelt on, viz., Toleration, the Apologetic movement, the Evangelical Revival, and the rise of a scientific Biblical interpretation and Biblical Theology. These vast changes seemed to

may now

1 In a courteous letter of criticism, with which I have been favoured by Professor Candlish, he points out that I have misapprehended (Obsoleteness, p. 47) the meaning of Confession 1. § ix. It is the full and true sense of any Scripture' which it says 'is not manifold but one. The Confession means to deny the Roman Catholic doctrine of a multiple sense. I am sorry to have supported a somewhat vehemently expressed censure by so maladroit a citation.

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