Lewis Bayles Paton

Recent Christian Progress


Lewis Bayles Paton
   - Recent Christian Progress

Excerpt from Recent Christian Progress: Studies in Christian Thought and Work During the Last Seventy-Five Years

During the last three-quarters of a century extraordinary progress has been made in all departments of Christian thought and work. Accordingly, two years ago, in planning for the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Hartford Theological Seminary, it seemed to the Trustees and the Faculty that it would be appropriate in connection with that event to publish a volume of studies on Recent Christian Progress, particularly in America, prepared by scholars who in some way had been connected with the institution. In furtherance of this plan a list of topics was prepared, representing important branches of learning and effort with which the Seminary has been identified; and out of the long list of professors, ex-professors, fellows, alumni, and trustees, those men were selected to write particular articles who were distinguished for work already done in these respective departments. Correspondence was begun with them, and, with scarcely an exception, all who were invited to join in the enterprise promptly accepted and promised hearty cooperation. The result is a collection of careful studies by recognized specialists in all parts of the world of nearly ninety principal aspects of Christian Progress during the last seventy-five years. The combination gives an inspiring conception of the forward movement of the Kingdom of God in recent times. In presenting this work to the public, the editor would express to all his collaborators his deep gratitude for their loyal response to the call of their Alma Mater, for the thoughtful and thorough work that they have put upon their articles, and for the completion of them within the prescribed limits of time. He wishes also to acknowledge his indebtedness to his colleagues, Professor Waldo S. Pratt and Professor Arthur L. Gillett, for their cooperation in planning the volume and in revising the proofs.

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