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ROBERT LA OTTLEY, D.D.
CANON OF CHRIST CHURCII
FOURTH EDITION, REVISED
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PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION
THE demand for another edition of this book seems to
imply that the study of the history of Christian doctrine still has its peculiar attractions. At the same time, there must be very many who are primarily interested in the apologetic and philosophic aspects of the Church's faith,
and I am conscious that a work of this kind is not
calculated to meet their requirements. I must, however, accept the limitations imposed by my original plan ; and have therefore contented myself with adding here
and there references to recent works which deal with
the problems of thought and fact involved in the doctrine of the Incarnation, mainly from the apologetic standpoint. Since 1896 important additions have been made to the literature of New Testament theology, and much valuable work has been produced, bearing upon the relation of Christianity to philosophy. It is scarcely necessary to remind the reader what great services have been rendered to religion by the labours of such scholars