The Importance of Being Human

The Importance of Being Human

The Importance of Being Human

The Importance of Being Human

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Whatever judgement may be passed on the manner of its treatment, it will hardly be denied that the subject which I have chosen for this book--man, his nature, his end, his predicament, his resources--is of peculiar relevance at the present day, when the human race is confronted simultaneously with greater possibilities of material achievement and with greater dangers to its very existence than at any other time in its recorded history. A note of irony is added by the fact that Christian theologians themselves are far from agreement upon the basic issues, though it is to be hoped that sympathetic discussion may reveal their divergences to be less than they have sometimes thought them to be. Indeed, I am not without hope that the present book, which was originally delivered as the Bampton Lectures for 1958 at Columbia University in the City of New York, may contribute in some degree to this much to be desired rapprochement . The situation being what it is, however, it may be well to make it plain at the outset that the standpoint from which the subject is discussed is that of a Catholic theologian of the Anglican allegiance.

When, by the legacy which he left at his death in 1751 . . .

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