Wisdom and Folly in Religion

A Study in Chastened Protestantism

By Joseph Haroutunian

Wisdom and Folly in Religion

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  • ISBN: 9781608990061
  • Pages: 188
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2013
  • Retail Price: $24.00
Web Price: $19.20
Web Price: $19.20

Wisdom and Folly in Religion

A Study in Chastened Protestantism

By Joseph Haroutunian

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  • ISBN: 9781608990061
  • Pages: 188
  • Publication Date: 9/1/2013
  • Retail Price: $24.00
Web Price: $19.20

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Wisdom and Folly in Religion i"s addressed to all who have been unable to escape the tragic sense of life, to all who contemplate with fear and pity the lot of suffering, sinful man on the torn earth, and to all wrestlers with God. It speaks to and confirms our doubt in the efficacy of religion to save us from disaster; it is almost exuberantly iconoclastic in its attack on modern superstitions.
"But Haroutunian's iconoclasm is deeply religious. His anti-religion is like that of the prophets and his protest against contemporary religion is like that of the early Protestants. . . . The note of assurance, the confession of faith in divine sovereignty and in the forgiveness of sins are more moving and fundamental elements.
"The writer has gone far toward the accomplishment of two tasks which are but one for him. The first of these is the effort to make explicit and to interpret in Christian terms the implicit religious content of the modern mind. . . . The second task is that of stating afresh the faith of the Reformers which modern Protestantism sets forth in pale images when it does not pervert it."

H. Richard Niebuhr from the preface

Endorsements & Reviews-

"While the characteristics of American Protestantism have changed since Haroutunian's book appeared, folly still abounds. It will take sharp and unsentimental minds to address the rampant moralism of our age Haroutunian's iconoclastic yet hopeful broadside gives us a much-needed way forward."

Stephen D. Crocco,
James Lenox Librarian
Princeton Theological Seminary

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Joseph Haroutunian

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Joseph Haroutunian (1904-1968) was an American Presbyterian theologian known for his sharp mind and lively spirit. Haroutunian's Columbia University PhD dissertation, supervised by Herbert W. Schneider, was published as Piety Versus Moralism. Haroutunian taught at Wellesley College, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago, where he was Professor of Systematic Theology.

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