Spring 1967

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The need for a relevant ex- DOCTRINAL SURVEY 1 pression of Orristian doctrine is hardly a new idea in the history of the Church. Paul's speech in the Areopagus was a somewhat unsuccessful attempt to make the Christian message meaningful to the Greeks of Athens. Thomas Aquinas produced a theological synthesis that was superbly suited to his age. For a variety of reasons however, theologians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries failed at their perennial task of adequately addressing their contemporaries. And nowhere was the lapse more evident than in their pre+ sentation of the doctrines of the creation and the fall. The traditional theses De Deo Cremlle GEORGE]. DYER and De Peccato Originali look much the same whether we read them in the manuals of + 1850 or 1950. While nothing changed very much in the manuals, a great deal was changing in western civilization. There had been a time when a History of the World began with a chapter on the "Creation of the World." The event was dated at 4004 B.C. and described six days of furious activity during which the world and all its inhabitants came into being. To many edu-

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