On the Horizon: Oxford's New Theological Dictionary
THE imposing Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church,* the first of its sort, offers itself “not only to those who through Holy Baptism have been admitted to membership in the Body of Christ, but to all who take an intelligent interest in contemporary culture.” The preface continues:
It is addressed to the needs not merely of those whose primary vocation lies in the Christian ministry or in the professional study of theology or church history, nor even only to the general body of professing Christians who seek information about their faith and its growth, but to the educated public as a whole.
The present reviewer, by the Dictionary’s definition an “infidel” (“A person who has a positive disbelief in every form of the Christian faith”), raised in the Jewish faith but infidel there too, and without pretensions to the professional study of theology, has no justification for this review beyond the hope that he is a member of the educated public to which the book is addressed.
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