Dr. Custance was not seeking to prove the fact of the creation of Adam, or the formation of Eve out of his body, or the literal fact of man's Fall by eating a forbidden fruit and his consequent loss of a potential physical immortality, or the truth of the virgin birth, or the unique circumstances surrounding the death of Jesus, or the reality of his bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven.
All these things he takes as established truths and he accepts this without equivocation. The thesis of this volume is that each of the historial facts which lie behind the creeds of the Christian faith is essential to the whole plan of redemption. The element of necessity attaches to every one of them. They form a kind of organic lifeline- a single thread of things causally related in such a way that to abandon any one of them is to destroy the rationale of the whole.
Men and women do not need to understand the "rationale" to be saved: but it is our privilege now to be able to see more clearly what God had to do to make salvation possible....Continua