Mending Their Nets

Thomas, W. H. Griffith Rev. D. D.

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Title: Mending Their Nets


22 pages. 17 cm. Owners name, otherwise Fine in brown card covers with yapped edges. Striking cover design including embossed lettering and gilt patterning. Sermonizing pamphlet on St. Matthew IV.21 and St. Mark I.19. AUTHOR TAUGHT AT WYCLIFFE HALL IN TORONTO FROM 1905 TO 1910. From Wikipedia: Griffith Thomas was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England, to a Welsh family. From 1882-85 he was a student at King's College London where he took an Associateship of King's College, before proceeding to Christ Church, Oxford. In addition to several pastorates, he taught for several years as Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (19051910)[1] and then at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada (19101919).[2] He was a co-founder with Lewis Sperry Chafer of Dallas Theological Seminary. He authored several books including The Principles of Theology, a systematic theology text based on the 39 Articles of the Anglican Communion. Theologically conservative, Griffith Thomas was an Anglican and an early dispensationalist. Gaining the reputation of a popular author and speaker in dispensationalism and victorious Christian life, he spent the last five years of his life writing and speaking at conservative gatherings. Partially funded by the Milton Stewart Evangelistic Fund, Thomas traveled with Charles G. Trumbull to Japan and China in the summer of 1920. In 1920 after returning to the United States from China, he made a sweeping accusation of the modernist tendency among China missionaries in the famous speech, "Modernism in China." The speech was delivered to the Presbyterian Social Union in Philadelphia in January 1921 and caused a great deal of debate among the churches and mission boards in North America. Thomas was accused of being directly responsible for the founding of the Bible Union of China. His reply was that "I had nothing to do with the formation of the Bible Union, except in so far as my address seems to have been the immediate occasion for it." There is certainly no evidence that Thomas personally initiated the Bible Union in China, but his speeches in China during summer missionaries retreat had the effect of significantly intensifying the conservatives' negative sentiment toward modernism in the field and prompting them to take public action. More recently, Griffith Thomas has been drawn into the current science-versus-religion debate by theologian Alister McGrath in his argument with scientist Richard Dawkins over the issue of whether or not religious faith is based on evidence. Bookseller Inventory # 25113

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