The War and Preaching

The War and Preaching

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The War and Preaching

The War and Preaching

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It would be impossible too strongly to express my sense of the honour which this University has conferred upon me in inviting me to deliver these lectures here. The lectures themselves must be my attempt at acknowledgment, and I am deeply conscious how inadequately that attempt has been achieved. Yet it comforts me to remember that I shall not speak as a stranger among you, but as one of yourselves, and that your judgment will be accordingly tempered. I shall never forget the Graduation Day of 1917. I had come to you from the front in Flanders, and from a long tour of lecturing on the subject of the war in the Middle West and in the Southern States of America. I had seen your great nation passing through the most critical and the most fateful hour of all its history. It seemed to me that day, when through your graciousness I sat among you as a graduate of Yale, that I felt the mighty heart-throb with which America rose and plunged into the most stupendous war of history. And in that hour I was not only among you, I was one of you,--et ego in Arcadia,--and the heartthrob was within my own breast as it was in yours.

When one remembers that more than forty courses of these lectures have already been delivered and published, it would seem that there can be nothing left to say. Yet I take it that the thing which you mainly desire is the result of the lecturer's own experience, what he personally has found preaching to be. Each man sees and faces the world anew, and finds something in it for himself.

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