The Revolutionary Function of the Modern Church

The Revolutionary Function of the Modern Church

by John Haynes Holmes
     
 

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This book an EXACT reproduction of the original book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the

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This book an EXACT reproduction of the original book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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ISBN-13:
2940025986188
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
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CHAPTER II THE WORK OP THE CHURCH IN THE PAST INDIVIDUALISM (A) THE INDIVIDUAL AND HIS SALVATION IT is fortunate that, at the very opening of our discussion of this momentous problem, which is very likely to lead to some more or less violent expression of opposition, we find a statement to which everybody can assent. For I imagine that there can be no disagreement, at this late day, as to what constitutes the real work in the world of the organised forces of the Christian religion. This work, if I mistake not, concerns itself first, last, and all the time with the individual soul; and its fundamental character is perhaps best summed up in that great word which was so impressed upon the Christian imagination by the genius of St. Paul the word, "Salvation!" The one specific work of the church, in all ages of its history, has rightly been to "save" the individual and I venture to prophesy that this will continue to be the church's function so long as humanity endures. "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ," wrote St. Paul to the Romans, "for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth"; andfrom that day to our own, Christianity has always been regarded as this "power of God unto salvation," and the church as the instrument of this power! This conception of the function of the church, as concerned with the individual and the problem of his moral and spiritual salvation, has its foundation in that which is distinctive of Christianity among all the great religions of the world namely, its reverence for human nature, its faith in the perfect dignity and eternal worth of the human soul per se. That this is a unique feature of the Christian religion has of coursebeen very frequently disputed; but it would seem that the great weight of critical and pro...

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