“The most obvious defect of contemporary theological faddism is its mislocation of the problem of modern man.…”

A spate of books and articles is currently appearing on “the problem of God,” assuring us, in the name of the modern intellectual, that God is indeed an enigma to the man of our times. Sophisticated interpreters of the latest mood tell us that the crucial issue is how to present Christianity intelligibly to the modern mind in order to overcome “the God-problem” in present-day society. The alien cultural setting of the late twentieth century, we are told, demands a “contemporary understanding” of the Gospel because of the special stance of the “godless” man of our times. In certain seminary classrooms and in the writings of certain churchmen, one now finds supposedly serious proponents of the Christian religion assuring us that mankind has outgrown an adolescent religious stage wherein God was viewed as transcendent personality providing supernatural salvation, and that the human race is now too adult to take the theology of the Bible literally.

Anybody familiar with the history of philosophy will recognize this so-called gospel of modernity as antique rationalism. Hardcore naturalists have made essentially the same claim of up-to-dateness whenever they have aimed their propaganda attack against the reality of the supernatural, against the essential uniqueness of man, and against the changeless character of truth and the good. What is new in this recent turn is (1) that some widely publicized theologians and churchmen are saying it; (2) that they are saying it not after openly forsaking the Church for the world but rather within the Church itself; and (3) that at the same time they are welcomed as authentic Christian ...

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