One of the books I got from my dad's library was \"The Meaning of Repentance\" written by WILLIAM DOUGLAS CHAMBERLAIN, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Expecting a thoroughly Calvinistic treatment I was exceedingly surprised to find little (some total depravity indicated) of Calvin (at least, my understanding of him). Reading it changed my life!
Being long out of print, I obtained permission to convert it into E-text. This was before I had even heard of a scanner, I typed it manually.
Following is the author's preface:
The contents of this volume consist largely of the Smyth Lectures delivered at Columbia Theological Seminary, 1941. Chapters III and VI have been completely rewritten and there has been some revision in each of the other four.
The conclusions stated in these chapters have grown out of firsthand investigation of the materials lying in the twenty-seven \"canonical books\" of the New Testament. The method pursued has been to study the NT directly, rather than to read what others say about it. It is an increasingly strong conviction with me that we as ministers have not done enough of this kind of study.
Reference to the various theories of authorship, date and provenance of the \"books\" has been studiously avoided, for the simple reason that I wanted to examine the NT as a body of writings expressing the convictions and faith of the Early Church. It is interesting, however, that the theory of Formgeschte, as advocate2d by Dibelius (The Message of Jesus Christ, 1939, p 3),represents Jesus as inaugurating his ministry with the preaching of \"repentance\": \"Now after John was cast into prison, Jesus appeared in Galilee and proclaimed the Message of God: 'The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Message of Salvation.'\"
It is also worth noting that II Peter, the writing of which is placed by many scholars near the middle of the second century, represents \"repentance\" as having an important place in the plan of God: \"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.\" So, if we follow the conclusions of the critical scholars, we find the NT message opening and closing on the note of repentance. If we follow the beaten path of conservative scholarship, we find the same note of repentance opening and closing the NT. From either approach the NT is essentially a unit on this theme.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter One: THE NEED FOR A RESTUDY OF REPENTANCE 1
The Reason for the Need 1
The Causes of the Misunderstanding 3
The Protest 5
Chapter Two: THE NEW TESTAMENT EMPHASIS ON REPENTANCE 9
John the Baptist's Preaching 9
Jesus' Preaching 9
Jesus' Instructions 10
The Apostles' Preaching 11
Peter’s Emphasis 11
Paul’s Emphasis 11
The Epistles of Paul 12
The Epistle to the Hebrews 13
The General Epistles 13
The Apocalypse 14
Chapter Three: THE IMPLICATIONS OF REPENTANCE 15
What God Expects of Man 19
The Nature of the Kingdom 21
Chapter Four: THE TWO MINDS 23
The Conflict Between the Two Minds 23
The Mind of the Flesh 24
The Mind of Christ 25
The Transition is Repentance 26
The Reorientation of the Mind of Man 27
Chapter Five: HOW REPENTANCE IS PRODUCED 29
How Repentance Is Not Produced 29
How Repentance is Produced 31
Chapter Six: THE MEANING OF THESE THINGS FOR PREACHING 35
The Primacy of Preaching 37
I have it in RTF format (311 kb) in two files: the intro (Cover, preface, table of contents) and the text. It is in two columns (10 pt) and is 40 pages.
I will gladly provide it to whomever wants. Just write me off-list and ask. I will attach it to an E-mail.