This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... LECTURE XV THE HISTORICAL AND THE ESSENTIAL IN the fourth lecture of his book on "Christologies, Ancient and Modern," Professor Sanday says, of the development which was introduced into theology by Ritschl: "There is a great deal that is very wholesome in the movement out of which this development has sprung. It arose from, and has been sustained by, a great desire to look at the reality of things, to put aside conventions and to get into close and living contact with things as they are. It came to be seen that ... as a complete philosophy of religion Hegelianism was too purely intellectual. It did not correspond to the true nature of religion, in which the emotions and the will are involved quite as much as the intellect." The criticism of the religious philosophy of Hegel which these words summarily indicate, is further expressed by what Professor Sanday says about the famous words in which David Frederic Strauss stated his own version of the Hegelian position regarding the person and work of Christ. Strauss, as you remember, said: "As conceived of in an individual, a God-man, the attributes and functions which the Church doctrine ascribes to Christ contradict each other; in the idea of the Race they agree together. Humanity is the union of the two natures, God become man, the Infinite Spirit externalized as finite, and the finite spirit remembering its infinitude." Professor Sanday makes the comment: "Strauss was driven to this substitution of the idea for the Person by his assumption that the idea never reaches its full expression in the individual, but only in the race. It is, however, not at all surprising that, after reducing Christianity to this shadowy semblance of itself, he should end by throwing it over altogether." The...
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