"Christian theology has much to learn from modern thought," declared The Most Reverend William Temple, Archbishop of York, "but theology at the same time must go beyond it to find a real understanding of God."
Taking "Christian Theology and Modern Thought" as the subject for his second and last William Belden Noble Lecture in the Memorial Chapel last night, Dr. Temple pointed out that religion to be successful must be pliable to the test of experience.
One fault of modern thought in regard to theology, continued Dr. Temple, is an attempt to make a comparative study of religion. Psychology in particular tends to do this. "It is wrong to make a sharp distinction between truth and falsehood, for in every religion Christian or pagan there is some element of truth."
The fundamental question of theology today, according to Dr. Temple, is that concerning God, whether He is a static perfection of being or an active personal will. The only conceivable and reasonable answer is that God is an active will who directs the universe by His Infinite Wisdom.