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The Christian Agnostic Leslie D. [Dixon] Weatherhead

The Christian Agnostic - Leslie D. [Dixon] Weatherhead

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with small tears to the spine ends and corners, heavier tanning to the spine. Leans. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.

2nd impression. [First Edition: Same Year]

From the cover: “For many years Dr Weatherhead has had a concern for the growing number of thoughtful men and women who have either excluded themselves, or have felt excluded from the churches, because they could not accept the beliefs which some churches regard as essential to a Christian.

Many find church services dull, boring, and all but meaningless. They cannot maintain their intellectual integrity and at the same time accept what is taught. Yet they admire the spirit of Christ and believe that, as a way of life, Christianity holds the clue which the world must needs follow in order to find the way to well-being.

The word “agnostic” in the title is not to be taken to mean one who denies the existence of all phenomena save the material. The Christian agnostic is one who tries to meet the challenges of life in a Christian spirit, but who does not feel that the great truths about God, Church and man, about Providence, evil, sin, about survival, heaven and hell, can be neatly enclosed in the verbiage of orthodoxy.

The thoughtful layman often feels that the churches are more concerned to defend a hoary tradition than to restate Christian belief in the light of new insights and understanding. This restatement Dr Weatherhead attempts in this book, acknowledging that a wide agnosticism must be permitted.

Many so-called agnostics, he feels, are nearer to belief in the true God than are many conventional “believers” who believe in a bogey which does not exist and which they miscall God. Misunderstanding God they misunderstand His activities and therefore, in time of need, their religion is of little help to them.

The publication of this book marks the 50th anniversary of Dr Weatherhead’s entrance into the Methodist ministry. He has a wide, perhaps a unique, experience of the difficulties of thoughtful people, and this book, which frankly states his own considered opinions, will bring light and strength to his thousands of readers all over the world.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXI] 264 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.