The Religious Experience of the Primitive Church

Hopwood, P. G. S (1935) The Religious Experience of the Primitive Church. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The following investigation is claimed to be an original approach to the important question of the origins of the Christian Church. The effort has been made to reach behind the tradition to the experiential roots of the Christian Church through the Primitive Church to the personal impacts of Jesus in life, and human contact with him. This, in the first place, and even in the last resort, is the cause of the Christian Church. The final chapter sets out the conclusions of our investigation, and in it there are the findings of this discussion. The footnotes indicate much indebtedness to the works of many scholars, but in many cases they are simply confirmatory of points of view advanced. This investigation seems to meet a gap, for there is no book the writer has been able to discover which deals with the "Primitive" Church along the lines of religious experience. Finally, the actual limitation of the period under review to the period prior to Paul's influence has enabled the writer to explore thoroughly the 'dark' twilight of the time before Paul's light came to be shed upon the scene, a period which is usually dealt with summarily in books on the Apostolic Age. It seemed to him that there was a need that this obscure period should be dealt with and studied for its own creative merit.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Religious history
Date of Award: 1935
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1935-80123
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 09:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 09:00

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