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Oliver Chase Quick

Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury




Prefatory Note

Chapter I
God the Father and Creator

  1. The real problem
  2. The Christian doctrine of God an indivisible whole
  3. The idea of a Divine Creator
  4. The place of human analogies
  5. Faith and doubt
  6. False analogies and imperfect analogies
  7. Creation out of nothing
  8. Natural science and religion
  9. Three types of creative activity
  10. The meaning of creation found in its end

Chapter II
Christ the Revealer

  1. Revelation and Redemption
  2. Christ the Revelation of God to man
  3. Christ the Revelation of God through man
  4. Christ Perfect God and Perfect Man
  5. The union of the two natures
  6. The error of idolatry
  7. The distinction of the two natures
  8. The error of pseudo-mysticism
  9. The manner of the union between the two natures and the teaching of the Athanasian Creed
  10. Man united with God only through Christ
  11. The relations of psychology to theology
  12. The Incarnation as an act of sympathetic self-limitation

Chapter III
Christ the Redeemer – (A) The Atonement

  1. The threefold message of Redemption
  2. The Atonement and the problem of evil
  3. Sin the essential nature of evil
  4. Sin as separation from God
  5. The cost of human forgiveness
  6. Human forgiveness and penitence
  7. The Cross as the cost of Divine forgiveness
  8. The Cross as the penalty of sin
  9. The representative manhood of Christ
  10. Justification by faith

Chapter IV
Christ the Redeemer – (B) The Judgement

  1. The Divine Judgement on sin
  2. Three special difficulties
  3. An analysis of meaning of "judgement"
  4. The first two difficulties solved
  5. The Wheat and the Tares as a parable of evolution
  6. Christ as Judge
  7. The process and the end
Note A. – On the Imminence of the Last Judgement
Note B. – Our Future Judgement and Present Conduct

Chapter V
Christ the Redeemer – (C) The Resurrection

  1. The problem of pain and death
  2. Christianity the gospel of life through death
  3. The way of self-sacrifice and the doctrine of bodily resurrection
  4. Self-giving and self-destruction
  5. Personal distinction a condition of self-sacrifice
  6. Personal distinction and personal separation
  7. Self-sacrifice and life eternal
  8. The resurrection of the body as a gospel of recovery

Chapter VI
The Holy Spirit and the Trinity

  1. The primary purpose of the doctrine negative
  2. The mystery of the Godhead
  3. The secondary purpose of the doctrine positive
  4. The two ways of inquiry after God
  5. The meaning of the Trinitarian formula
  6. A suggested interpretation in modern terms
  7. The Holy Spirit proceeding from the Father
  8. Christianity and naturalism
  9. The Holy Spirit proceeding from the Son
  10. The meaning of the Ascension

Chapter VII
The Holy Spirit as Witness

  1. Theology and "Christian Evidences"
  2. The inward witness of the Spirit
  3. The outward witness of the Spirit
  4. The witness of the Spirit and the historic Incarnation
  5. The need of an external standard
  6. The characteristic modern heresy
  7. Hypothesis and verification

Chapter VIII
The Holy Spirit as Sanctifier – (A) Sanctification and Ethics

  1. Redemption and sanctification
  2. Faith and works
  3. The significance of purpose in conduct
  4. The problem of the moral criterion
  5. The failure of utilitarianism
  6. Sanctification as the Christian solution
  7. The imitation of Christ
  8. Note on the Justification of the Means by the End

Chapter IX
The Holy spirit as Sanctifier – (B) Sanctification and Devotion

  1. Religious and secular
  2. The principle of representative dedication
  3. Applied to times and places
  4. Applied to prayer
  5. Applied to the religious vocation
  6. Applied to the representative manhood of our Lord




"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." — Jeremiah 6:16.

"Old things need not be therefore true,"
O brother men, nor yet the new;
Ah! Still awhile the old thought retain,
And yet consider it again! — Clough.


I desire to acknowledge the courtesy of the Editor of the Church Quarterly Review in allowing me to reprint Chapter V, of which appeared in the Church Quarterly Review as an article under the title of "Self-Sacrifice and Individual Immortality." I am greatly indebted to various friends for most valuable criticisms and suggestions, and among them to the Rev. G. K. A. Bell, who also prepared the Table of Contents.


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