William Porcher Dubose: Selected Writings

William Porcher Dubose: Selected Writings

William Porcher Dubose: Selected Writings

William Porcher Dubose: Selected Writings

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I wish to express my thanks to Dr. John Farina for inviting me to prepare a volume on William Porcher DuBose for the Sources of American Spirituality. The opportunity to study DuBose has been intellectually and spiritually rewarding not only for me but also for many parishioners who expressed their thanks for the insights of DuBose that they heard in my homilies. I am pleased to report that DuBose speaks to the spiritual needs of contemporary parishoners, and I hope that the publication of this volume will make his insights more accessible.

I am also grateful for the opportunity to meet many generous students of DuBose's thought that this project has provided. Mrs. Elizabeth Chitty introduced me to the resources of the University of the South and supported this project with her rich knowledge of Sewanee and her generous hospitality. Miss Anne Armour graciously copied manuscripts and rare publications in the Archives of the University of the South and provided invaluable assistance to my research. Professors Donald S. Armentrout and Ralph E. Luker shared their expert knowledge of DuBose with unfailing generosity. Professors Lewis Ford, John Gesell, William R. Hutchison, W. Norman Pittinger, Victor Lowe, and Charles L. Winters provided expert answers to my questions. The Rev. Dr. Dennis Dean Kezar gave the introduction a perceptive and critical reading.

The support of my religious community sustained my work at every stage of the project. Fr. Benedict Ashley provided helpful guidance on the thought of St. Thomas, and Sr. Kathleen Hilkert helped me to see that it was impractical and ahistorical to substitute . . .

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