To choose for the theme of the presidential address Rival Presuppositions in the Writing of Church History is not to whet the knife. There is no scandal among contemporary church historians in America. In the course of time, through coöperation, such as is organized by this Society, we are tending to develop views more comprehensive and less prejudiced than those which characterized the church historians of one or two centuries ago. We are endeavoring to study and describe the phenomena of organized religion in our American past, in all other lands, and throughout all the Christian centuries; and to make our survey properly scientific.
(Received December 27 1926)