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Books by Lyman Abbott, D.D.

THE LIFE AND LITERATURE OF THE AN

CIENT HEBREWS. Crown 8vo, $2.00. THE EVOLUTION OF CHRISTIANITY. 16mo,

$1.25. CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

16mo, $1.25. THE THEOLOGY OF AN EVOLUTIONIST.

16mo, $1.25. THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF PAUL THE

APOSTLE. Crown 8vo, $1.50. HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN, AND COMPANY,

BOSTON AND NEW YORK.

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BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
Che Riverside Press, Cambridge

1901

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COPYRIGHT, 1901, BY LYMAN ABBOTT

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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PREFACE

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It is less than half a century since the publication of " Essays and Reviews ” startled the orthodox party in England and brought upon its authors a storm of criticism. Of those Essays perhaps none was more severely criticised than that of Dr. Frederick Temple, now Archbishop of Canterbury, on “ The Education of the World,” in which he affirmed that Rome, Greece, Asia, and Judea each contributed something to the growth of the future church; Rome, law; Greece, science and art; Asia, the spiritual imagination ; Judea, the discipline of the human conscience ; in which also he traced in the Bible a development of religious teaching, from an earlier and cruder to a later and better spiritual conception of truth and life. Some of his statements he would probably himself now modify; but the two fundamental principles of his essay, that God's processes of education have not been confined to the Hebrew race, and that in the Hebrew race they were gradual, the affirmation of which aroused such fierce antagonism in 1860, are accepted as axiomatic by a large and increasing body of Biblical scholars in

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