CHRISTIANITY AND THE PROBLEM OF HISTORY by Roger L. Shion

CHRISTIANITY AND THE PROBLEM OF HISTORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

What is the meaning of history in the light of the Christian faith?"" This is one of the central questions of modern theology. Nowhere has it been discussed with more thoroughness or more clarity than in this book. The concepts of history prevalent at various stages in the history of the Christian era are clearly set forth as given in the teaching of the early church, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Calvin and Luther. The positions of Hegel, Kant, Marx, Rauschenbusch, Barth, Bruner and Toynbee are expounded in considerable detail. He makes a clear case for the devastating effect upon the concept of history as progress which has been wrought by the two world wars and the necessity of revising our thought about the end of history or eschatology. The author sees these strands of thought running through history; the eschatologial, the ecclesiastical and the dynamic, and he pleads for a proper balancing of the three as he comes down to present day life and thought. A book for theologians and historians.

Publisher: Scribner