AMERICAN THEOLOGY IN THE LIBERAL TRADITION by Lloyd J. Averill

AMERICAN THEOLOGY IN THE LIBERAL TRADITION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the conviction that a recovery of liberalism has been going on in American theology in the last decade, the author undertakes a survey of the liberal strand in Christian thought. He proceeds from a survey of the heritage of liberalism, With its sources in such theologians as Schleiermacher, Ritschl, and Harnack as well as Americans like William Newton Clarke, Beecher, Macintosh and Mathews, to a synopsis of present liberal tendencies. These he identifies as belonging to one of three variables: methodological, ethical, and institutional. The discussion leads to brief assessments of present theologians. The grave limitation of the book is the author's ambiguous and indiscriminate use of the term ""liberalism"" to identify and establish an affinity between widely diverse theological positions. The style is quick in pace, the organization somewhat discursive, and the argument at times overloaded with long quotations.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1967
Publisher: Westminster