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Title: Principal James Denney : a survey of his life and works
Author: Taylor, James Randolph
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1956
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The life and work of James Denney is seen against the background of the century of theology which has passed since his birth in 1856. His life is surveyed from his boyhood days in Greenock, though his time as a student in Glasgow and his years in the pastorate in Broughty Terry to his election as professor in the Free Church college in Glasgow, where he served for twenty years at the height of his power and influence, being elected Princi-pel of the institution just two years before his death in 1917. The primary charasteristies of his mind and personally are presented in such a way as to give us an imaight into the man who stands the facts of his life, and illustrations are drawn from his books, his letters and his remembered sayings, with a chapter being devoted to his obiter dicta, concentrating upon those concerning the contenporery theologian and theological works. All of his books and his artioles-from diotionaries, magazines asnd news-papers-are listed and a brief review is given of each. The study of his theology begins with an introduction to his general approach to theology, his building upon the basic of experience - so inter - proted as to make the Biblical revelation the original norm -, and his passion for wholeness of thought under God. The key to this wholeness of theology is found for him in the cross of Christ. This is the central message of the New Testament as he interprets it, and the significance of the cross is seen in the experience of roconcillation which comes to man through it. The Person of Christ is presented in relationship to the cross and the unanimous of the New Testament writers to Christ finds its foundation in our Lord's revelation of Himaelf. The historical and moral v. evidence for the resurrection is considered end Christ is presented in the power of His resurrection and the glory of His reign at the hand of God The Holy Spirit is seen as His gift to believers and is identified with Him;| the emphasis being not upon the doctrine but upon the experience of the Spirit, The inapiration, unity and authority of Scripture is presented as the background against which Biblical critician must do its work, and examples are gives of his treatment of particular areas of Biblical study. The Church in the New Testament is discussed in its relationship to the kingdom end the challenge of its life is presented to the Church today. Finally, the New Testament esohatology is seen in the setting of the Old Testament expectation and its thought is made relevant to the eschato-logical considerations of the present tine.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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