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THE GOSPEL LIFE
ADOLF AUGUSTUS BERLE
THE AWAK PUBLIC LERARY
1105711 ASTOR LENOX AND ILDEN FOUNDATIONS R 1923
Norwood Mass. U.S.A.
To the Memory of
WHOSE INTELLECTUAL COURAGE AND ABUNDANT HUMAN SYMPATHIES
HELD UNDER THE SWAY OF A STEADY PURPOSE OF WILL
AND A RESOLUTE LOVE OF LIBERTY AND TRUTH
The Enspiration and Ambition of my Life
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The New Testament is essentially a modern book. Engrafted into the life and permeating the thought of the centuries as is the power of its Central Figure, the one thing that impresses the student more than all else, as he endeavors to catch the spirit of New Testament teaching, is its thoroughly modern tone. The setting is local and Oriental, but the principles and their application are universal and human. The discourses here gathered together are an attempt to select from a ministry extending over a period of ten years, most of it in a single pulpit, the ruling ideas and efforts of that ministry to present a spherical view of the application of the Christian gospel to the whole of modern life, as we live it in America. Carrying out this purpose, I have made several excursions into the region of apostolic psychology; then again, I have tried to apply the teachings of Christ to the social and political life of our time, an experiment always fruitful of danger and misunderstanding, but none the less necessary for that. I have further outlined the relations of Christianity to our educational ideas and method, especially the place of the Bible in university instruction, following this with a literary criticism or two, in which I have made some observations on the literary and dramatic portraiture of gospel ideas. Then, too, I have added a number of discourses on the spiritual life itself, as distinguished from the various modes of it which I have been describing.
These discourses are called modern because I have approached their themes in the spirit of the New Testament, which I conceive to be the modern spirit at its best. I have