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The Down-Town Church: A Study of a Social Institution in Transition (Classic Reprint)

The Down-Town Church: A Study of a Social Institution in Transition (Classic Reprint)

by Clarence Andrew Young
     
 

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The church, in common with most other social institutions, has recently been receiving much consideration from the viewpoint of social efficiency.

There have been those on the one side, whose belief in the church as an institution of supernatural origin, whose devotion to it as

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Excerpt from The Down-Town Church: A Study of a Social Institution in Transition

The church, in common with most other social institutions, has recently been receiving much consideration from the viewpoint of social efficiency.

There have been those on the one side, whose belief in the church as an institution of supernatural origin, whose devotion to it as the custodian of divine truth and ordinances, and whose admiration for its ideals and achievements, have blinded them to its actual condition. This attitude, while perfectly sincere, is manifestly unscientific. The true friend of the church is not he who doggedly affirms that it can have no faults, but he who recognizes that, whatever its origin and purpose, it is dependent upon human judgment for its policies and human personality for its progress, and is therefore liable to defect, and capable of improvement.

On the other hand, there are those who freely criticize the church as an effete organization. They point to its feebleness and failure among certain classes, its seeming impotency in staying social decay, and its conservatism of thought and method, as indications of its passing power. They predict confidently that it is doomed to early extinction, and they infer that social progress would not be affected thereby. This attitude is also unscientific.

Prof. Ward points out "that the proper and scientific attitude toward an institution that is regarded as bad is not wholesale condemnation and denunciation as something that is essentially bad and must have always been bad, but investigation to ascertain what stage of its history it is in, and whether it is in process of transformation, throwing off its outgrown elements and replacing them with elements adapted to existing conditions, and therefore useful.

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ISBN-13:
9781331868682
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/20/2015
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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