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Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology


The study of Comparative Religions and the application of the evolutionistic principle to the field of religion have in the last decades lent tremendous impetus to inquiries into the origin of Christianity and the philosophical background of the New Testament. Every remnant of the ancient philosophic literature has been carefully examined by writers with a naturalistic tendency in order to discover some natural explanation for the thought and phraseology of the New Testament. An examination of these alleged points of contact, which are supposed to have exerted such a tremendous influence on nascent Christianity, together with a critical estimate of this influence on the actual making and meaning of the New Testament will be the purpose of the present inquiry.

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