|by Lighthouse Trails, 4/25/19 |
In 1922, liberal pastor and theologian Harry Emerson Fosdick stated the following words in his sermon titled "Will the Fundamentalists Win?": "It is interesting to note where the Fundamentalists are driving in their stakes to mark out the deadline of doctrine around the church, across which no one is to pass except on terms of agreement. They insist that we must all believe in the historicity of certain special miracles, preeminently the virgin birth of our Lord; that we must believe in a special theory of inspiration-that the original documents of the Scripture, which of course we no longer possess, were inerrantly dictated to men a good deal as a man might dictate to a stenographer; that we must believe in a special theory of the Atonement-that the blood of our Lord, shed in a substitutionary death, placates an alienated Deity and makes possible welcome for the returning sinner." Fosdick considered the doctrine of a blood atonement a "slaughterhouse religion".