Twelve Points of Difference Between the Old and New Theology

1. The New Theology says the Bible contains the Word of God; the Old Theology says the Bible is the Word of God—the Word judging man rather than man judging the Word.

2. The New Theology says Jesus Christ is a son of God; the Old Theology says Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

3. The New Theology says the birth of Jesus was natural; the Old Theology says the birth of Jesus was supernatural.

4. The New Theology says the death of Christ was exemplary; the Old Theology says the death of Christ was expiatory.

5. The New Theology says the life of Christ is the life He lived here on earth; the Old Theology says the true life of Christ is also the life He is living for us at the throne.

6. The New Theology says character is built up, like Babel, from beneath; the Old Theology says real and lasting character is something that comes down, like the New Jerusalem, from above.

7. The New Theology says man is the product of evolution; the Old Theology says man is God’s special creation.

8. The New Theology says man is the unfortunate victim of environment; the Old Theology says man is an actual sinner, fallen and utterly lost.

9. The New Theology says man is justified by works of his own; the Old Theology says man is justified by faith in the atoning blood of Christ.

10. The New Theology says the new life and nature of Christianity comes by natural development of the best that is in us; the Old Theology says it comes by miraculous regeneration and sanctification through the Holy Spirit.

11. The New Theology says the gospel was sent to save the world; the Old Theology says the gospel was sent to save men out of the world.

12. The New Theology sets its hope of the future on man’s civilization; the Old Theology sets its hope on Christ’s coming and kingdom, spiritually existent today in men’s hearts, actual and gloriously so in a future day in all the earth.

Hence do we devoutly pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” — Christian Fundamentals in School and Church (1922)