The Theology of George Eliot
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Robertson, Norma Forbes
Christian theology has always paralleled great intellectual movements and leading developments of Literature. The close mental relations of Christian doctrine with Platonism and Neo-Platonism, Greek and Roman classic literature, with writers of the Renaissance and the great philosophical systems of the modern day show the interaction of each upon the other, conferring and receiving mutual benefit. Literature has rendered and is rendering a great service to theology by offering the occasion for the unfolding and display of theological treasures. Literature has become the medium by which the elements of morality and truth are impressed upon the popular mind. Poetry, drama, and novel have become the vehicles for the conquests of Christian faith. |Christian theology has likewise exerted a salutary and exhilarating influence on the literature and progress of man. It has offered nourishment to the higher minds who have accepted it. It has encouraged intellectual development and offered itself as an incentive and instrument. But perhaps its greatest contribution is the majestic and vital theme which it presents to man to develop at his will.
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