Volume IX, the last of the Doorway Paper Series, is a collection of 8 studies (Part I to Part VIII) dealing with various aspects of biblical faith and experience.
PART I: THE EXTENT OF THE FLOOD
From the point of view of the course of human history, this Flood was either a local incident or a total break in the thread of Man’s cultural development. Present reconstructions of prehistoric times make no allowance for it. This Paper discusses what really did happen.
PART II: FLOOD TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD
While each flood tradition emphasizes one particular aspect of the Flood, by putting them all together the total event of the biblical account has been preserved.
PART III: THE PROBLEM OF EVIL: SOME LITTLE-CONSIDERED PHYSICAL ASPECTS
Scripture declares that evil (which is not the same as sin or wickedness) proceeds from God just as blessings do! This Paper shows that every evil has an element of mercy and potential blessing.
PART IV: WHAT’S IN A NAME?
For many cultures, naming a thing is a significant act, and its significance is profound. In our culture a word or name identifies the thing or person. In most other cultures the name is much more. To know a name is to have power over what is named. To change a name is to change one’s nature; new experiences require new names. Many scriptural passages reflect this attitude.
PART V: THE MEANING OF SWEAT AS PART OF THE CURSE
When Genesis 3:19 is taken literally, it shows itself to be abreast of modern discovies with respect to human thermoregulation and sweating. This paper discusses the theological significance of this physiological process.
PART VI: THE PLACE OF ART IN WORSHIP
This Paper discusses the value of architecture, music, imagery, ritual, liturgy—forms of art intended to assist in the act of worship.
PART VII: ONE MAN’S ANSWERS TO PRAYER
This Paper is made up of selections from a journal which the author had kept for some forty years of the Lord’s faithfulness in answering his prayers.
PART VIII: CHRISTIAN SCHOLARSHIP: A PROTEST AND A PLEA
It is not in the presentation of the facts or ideas themselves that an author shows his true colours, but how he deals with their implications. Custance points out that any work which fails to deal with implications as they relate to the Christian Faith cannot truly qualify as Christian scholarship.
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