Religious Confessions and Confessants: With a Chapter on the History of Introspection

Religious Confessions and Confessants: With a Chapter on the History of Introspection

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Religious Confessions and Confessants: With a Chapter on the History of Introspection

Religious Confessions and Confessants: With a Chapter on the History of Introspection

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It has been the privilege of the writer to do much of her work in the library of the late Dr. Henry C. Lea--its shelves still laden with that material which assumed so significant an aspect under the guidance of his distinguished mind. Such surroundings were in themselves an inspiration and she is grateful for the kindness which procured them.

Thanks are also due for the courteous co-operation of the librarians of the two Friends' Libraries, of the Presbyterian and Methodist Historical Societies, of the Philadelphia Library, of Haverford College, of S. Carlo Borromeo, and of S. Thomas of Villanova. Through the kindness of Dr. Jastrow, the University of Pennsylvania Library gave the writer access to her material all over the country. Such goodwill has lent the work an ever-increasing pleasure.

While reading for an earlier study on autobiography, the writer had been impressed by the present superabundance of works on religious and mystical theory, side by side with a total absence of any collation of the documents of personal religion. No one has apparently thought it worth his while to examine the foundations on which the current elaborate doctrines are based. Some years of investigation have resulted in this book. If the work has turned in directions not at first anticipated, yet it formulates . . .

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