In Berlin, where this is being written, there met in July the Tenth German Kirchentag (Protestant Congress). A varied and gifted group of speakers dealt with a wide range of topics, some of which have vital interest to us of the American scene. While many of the sessions were devoted to problems of special concern to the German Church, there were notes struck at points which are crucial for Christians, of whatever land and from whatever denomination.
The most pressing question was that of the meaning of the Holy Scriptures in today’s world. In a setting in which science presents its claims with increasing authority (as it does also with us), devout leaders reminded us that God’s Truth cannot be called into question by the partial truths of scientific knowledge. Further, it was emphasized that there is more than one kind of scientific questioning: there is the reverent variety which acts under God’s mandate in Genesis to rule and subdue the earth—and this will include scientific research into the ways of the created world. There is also, it was pointed out, a type of questioning which arrogantly and foolishly asserts that research may be conducted more effectively in disregard of the Lord of all Truth.
It was recognized that the Bible has for its primary purpose not the giving of directive truth in every minute phase of human knowledge, but the affording of a “key of knowledge” in terms of which all things may be understood. This “key of knowledge” was identified as follows: it is the incarnation of the Eternal Son in human flesh, in Jesus of Nazareth. We were reminded that this was not a timeless event, hut one which is identifiable in history and in geography. This Incarnation was an act of love: it was a deed of God which ...1
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