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Copyright, 1883, by L. C. BAKER.

BT 701

cop.2

PREFACE.

THE forms in which the Christian faith is now assailed are,

1. As to the Father. It is sought to destroy the idea of a personal God by obliterating the distinction between matter and spirit, and making nature the sufficient cause and end of all things.

2. As to the Son. His mission is reduced to the level of this natural system and compressed within its limits. All that assumes to transcend these limits, not excepting that transcendent miracle upon which the whole structure of Christianity rests, the Resurrection, is rejected or thrust out of sight behind that mythical veil which conceals the origin of all religions. In this view the perfected natural man becomes of right the Son of God and Heir of the world.

3. As to the Spirit. It is denied that He proceedeth from the Father and the Son, and speci

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