RELIGION IN OUR TIMES By GAIUS GLENN ATKINS ROUND TABLE PRESS, INC. NEW YORK 193 To J. McC. WHO WILL REMEMBER, BECAUSE HE SHARED IT, THE TORCHLIT PROCESSION THROUGH THE MT. HERMON PINES, AND WHOSE FRIENDSHIP, NOW EXACTLY CONTERMINOUS WITH THE TEARSMoreRELIGION IN OUR TIMES By GAIUS GLENN ATKINS ROUND TABLE PRESS, INC.
NEW YORK 193 To J. McC. WHO WILL REMEMBER, BECAUSE HE SHARED IT, THE TORCHLIT PROCESSION THROUGH THE MT. HERMON PINES, AND WHOSE FRIENDSHIP, NOW EXACTLY CONTERMINOUS WITH THE TEARS HERB RECORDED, HAS BEEN A LIGHT WHICH CAST NO SHADOWS, THIS BOOK IS AFFECTION ATELY DEDICATED.
CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE I. THE TWILIGHT OF REVIVALISM -------i II. NEW FORCES AND OLD FATTH -------22 III. THE CHURCH DISCOVERS THE SOCIAL GOSPEL - - - 46 IV. THE RISE OF THE INSTITUTIONAL CHURCH - - - 69 V. LIBERALISM WRESTLES WITH ITS CREEDS - - - - 86 VI. RELIGION RECKONS WITH SCIENCE ------109 VII. WE ARE Nor DIVIDED ---132 VIII. ALL ONE ARMY WE THE CRUSADING CHURCH AT HOME AND ABROAD ---------156 IX. THE CHURCHES AND WORLD PEACE -----182 X. THE IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT -------218 XI. RELIGION AND PRINTERS INK --------253 XII. THE REAL EXPERIMENTALISTS -------283 XIII. CONCERNING A VARIETY OF THINGS AND CONCLUSION 307 INTRODUCTION BOOK was undertaken at the request of the publisher.
JL There was, he believed, a place for a history of American religious life in our own times a history not exactly brought down to date but trying to get into some kind of order and perspective, movements and events which most of us remem ber or of which we have heard from those who shared them.
He was I suspect, led to ask for such a book through his observation of the place which books dealing in the same way with phases of our social and political life since the beginning of the century had made for themselves. Since religion is so significant and creative an aspect of the life of any period, it seemed to deserve something of its own. The writers who have been of lateappraising American life either by way of criticism, analysis or remembrance had been strangely negligent of religion as an historical and social force.
Some dramatic incident, like the Dayton trial, has for a page or two focused their attention, but the vaster and far more significant drama of religion in its action with the forces which are recasting the modern mind has been left uncon sidered and, I suppose, for the best of reasons. The action is not yet complete the forces involved are so imponderable, and it has been so largely a drama of faith and doubt confined to what is more hidden than revealed in the life of a genera tion.
How can it all, with its undetermined issues, be made into history now or ever Probably it cannot, but the more evident ways in which religion has sought to readjust its own life to changing condi tions, to find new motivations for its age-old task, can, even now, be a little told. Perhaps the reader will see through and behind it all some play of more elusive forces whose INTRODUCTION bearing upon society and conduct cannot be easily traced but certainly ought not to be overlooked.
For they have hither to been among the greatest influences in shaping human society. I think for all their elusiveness they are still the greatest. I agreed with the publisher, therefore, that he had a first class idea. I had grave doubts of anyones being able to do it adequately and I undertook reluctantly a task which was, in the nature of it, laborious enough and likely in the accom plishment of it to be twice hindered once by the demanding range of the subject, once by the limitations of the writer.
But no one, I think, with a sincere interest in religion, a life longassociation with it, an incurable concern for history and a lively interest in his own times, along with some habit of writing, would have refused to do what the editor asked. Which is the authors Apologia for this book. The publisher may write his own or leave it unwritten. With a reasonable freedom to date the period studied, I have chosen the forty years from 1892 to 1932.
Naturally, I fancy, because they are coincident with my own recollection and observation, more logically because with a little margin backward they seem to constitute a distinct epoch...