Between the Temple and the Cave: The Religious Dimensions of by Angela T. McAuliffe

By Angela T. McAuliffe

Drawing on a large choice of newly to be had resource fabric, Angela McAuliffe examines the roots of Pratt's non secular attitudes, together with his strict Methodist upbringing in Newfoundland and his plans to go into the ministry. She explores Pratt's early prose and unpublished poetry, together with his theses on demonology and Pauline eschatology and the unpublished poem "Clay," to track the origins of spiritual rules and motifs that happen in his later paintings. McAuliffe makes a speciality of key motifs in Pratt's poetry, corresponding to his photograph of and ambitious God, his apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the area, and his trust in determinism and destiny. She concludes that the range of non secular positions attributed to Pratt and a twin of God that emerges from his poetry are elements of the ironic imaginative and prescient of a guy of twentieth-century sensibility who wrestled with God and sought a medium of expression equivalent to his themes.

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F. B. J. 83 While this methodology was not without its limitations, it constituted a move away from fundamentalism and provided a solid foundation from which to explore the higher criticism. When Pratt read Strauss's The Life of Jesus (1835-6; translated 1848), he was well prepared, and read it in the 17 "Up from Newfoundland" light of the seventy-five years of scholarship that had followed its first publication. Two dramatic cases that occurred close to the turn of the century serve as indicators of the progress of theology at Victoria College.

The phrase "the day of Yahweh" becomes in the language of 28 Between the Temple and the Cave Paul "the day of the Lord" (177). While it cannot be decisively ascertained whether Paul uses the title "Son of God" as an official Messianic appellation or as something more, it is quite clear, even in the early epistles, that Paul's all-consuming concern is to proclaim the Lordship of Christ (178). In the later epistles Paul transcends the Jewish notion of the Messiah by ascribing to Christ the functions of pre-existence and creative power belonging to abstract Wisdom in Alexandrian literature.

104 The vision or apocalypse became a source of Paul's insight into the gospel of Christ, and into his eschatological character. Paul does not make it clear whether such revelations came in the form of dreams in the waking state, or in trances, or whether the language used in their description is highly symbolical of overwhelming convictions regarding the significance of Christ for the salvation of all. At any rate, they revolve around Christ, especially in his eschatological capacity as the important centre (92-3).

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