For decades now there has been a shaking and winnowing of the symbols by which “the something beyond man” has traditionally been expressed. Some seemingly having misread the process of change within meaning-systems, have decided that only a “death of God” or some totally new theological beginning can help Western man toward a new understanding of our Ultimate Source of existence—toward a doctrine of God.

Under the spell of secularist ways of thinking, some theologians profess actually to believe that God has undergone a real death. This they infer from the assumption that the forms by which his reality has been expressed have permanently lost their hold upon the minds of thinking men and women in our time. Others have contented themselves with a declaration of God’s absence from our scene.

One interesting phenomenon of recent times has been the gradual shift by some radical theologians toward belief in the reality of a Divine Being. Perhaps the stages by which these theologians have moved toward a doctrine of God indicate the outlines of a path along which others can be expected to move. That remains to be seen. At any rate, the process merits our observation.

If some theologians move by easy stages from radical secularism to some form of “Christian” theism, multitudes of plain people are skipping the preliminaries and moving abruptly into faith in a self-disclosing and personal God. Surprisingly, many are coming to see him as revealed uniquely and supremely in Jesus Christ.

Young people who move into Christian faith through the ministry of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade, and similar agencies do not fulfill the prophecies of the secular theologians. They seem to develop not only the conviction of God’s reality ...

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