Personal Salvation: Studies in Christian Doctrine Pertaining to the Spiritual Life Wilbur F. Tillett

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Published: 1902

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Personal Salvation:  Studies in Christian Doctrine Pertaining to the Spiritual Life  by  Wilbur F. Tillett

Personal Salvation: Studies in Christian Doctrine Pertaining to the Spiritual Life by Wilbur F. Tillett
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(From the Prefatory Note):There are some doctrines of the Christian religion which enter but little into preaching. Their omission does not seriously affect the spiritual life of the Church, because they have no immediate bearing upon ChristianMore(From the Prefatory Note):There are some doctrines of the Christian religion which enter but little into preaching.

Their omission does not seriously affect the spiritual life of the Church, because they have no immediate bearing upon Christian experience. There are other doctrines which must be taught and preached everywhere, at all times, and by all preacher of righteousness. If they are not, Christian experience and the spiritual life of the Church soon come to an end. The doctrines set forth in this volume belong to the latter class. They are among the simplest yet most essential doctrines of the Christian system.In the language of the schools it is common to make a distinction between Biblical and Systematic theology.

They are different in their methods of using the Scriptures, but are, or at least ought to be, the same in the conclusions reached as to what the Scriptures teach. Not a few works designated as Biblical theology, however, are open to the charge of being more concerned to show how the Scriptures develop a doctrine than to set forth clearly and definitely what is the doctrine taught.

Systematic theology, on the other hand, endeavors so to use the Scriptures and all other sources of knowledge as to reach definite statements as to what is truth. We have tried in this volume, as far as possible, to combine the best elements of each method--to be as faithful to Scripture as if our method had been entirely that of Biblical theology, and yet at the same time to reach something of the definiteness of statement as to what is the truth to be believed and taught which characterizes Systematic theology in its expositions of Christian doctrine.Some of our Christian hymns are possessed of great didactic as well as devotional value.

They are at once happy statements of doctrine and prayers for an experience of the truth that is taught. The hymns of Charles Wesley are especially rich in these qualities. The hymn with which each one of these doctrinal studies closes has been selected with great care and with special reference to the doctrine set forth in the pages immediately preceding. The devout reader will welcome these prayer-hymns as an aid to the spirit of devotion.Several of these studies in Christian doctrine have appeared before, in simpler and briefer form, in periodicals, pamphlets, and other publications.

But a larger portion of the subject-matter of the volume is now published for the first time. It is composed of lectures which have been delivered to the students of the Biblical Department of Vanderbilt University, where the author has been a teacher of theology for the past twenty years.Whatever of truth is contained in this volume belongs to God.

Whatever of error is found in it belongs to the author. May the God of all truth give clearness of vision to those who read, that they may be wise to discern both the error and the truth--the error that it may be rejected and forgotten, the truth that it may abide with them forever!Wilbur F. Tillett(Dean of the Theological Faculty andProfessor of Systematic Theology atVanderbilt University)April 3, 1902



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