Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Theodore Graebner

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

John 17:17; Acts 17:28;


The pragmatism of Dewey and James is doubtless responsible to a large degree for the general tendency in modern theology of subordinating Scripture to the ends of practical life, and of accepting as true only those of its doctrines which can be translated into tangible consequences contributory to the welfare of society or the individual. Believing that theology in the past has been concerned too much with the mere “intellectual interrelations of certain concepts,” churchmen are today advocating a greater emphasis on the “functioning of the religious consciousness.” This movement has aroused a wide-spread aversion to doctrine and a passion for “religious living." "Deeds, not creeds,” is its watchword.

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