Man and God: Passages Chosen and Arranged to Express a Mood about the Human and Divine

Man and God: Passages Chosen and Arranged to Express a Mood about the Human and Divine

Man and God: Passages Chosen and Arranged to Express a Mood about the Human and Divine

Man and God: Passages Chosen and Arranged to Express a Mood about the Human and Divine

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I would wish to call attention to the subtitle of this book: "passages chosen and arranged to express a mood about the human and divine." Every anthology, of course, is compiled with a purpose: the aim may be, for instance, to bring together the most beautiful or the least familiar flowers from a particular field of literature, or merely to print in one volume passages that have given unusual pleasure to the anthologist. But this is an anthology with a purpose in perhaps a peculiar, even rather polemical, sense; and the subtitle indicates what the purpose is.

Anti-religious humanism and anti-humanistic religion are both very prevalent today. The mood expressed in this anthology is therefor an unfashionable one.

While I have not attempted any artificial continuity, by such a device, for instance, as linking passages of my own, the book is nevertheless intended and designed to be read from beginning to end as a consecutive whole: as if, that is to say, it were a continuous piece of writing by one hand, all now appearing for the first time. And I hope that even the most familiar passages may neither be passed over nor be skipped: that, for instance, the fifth chapter of St. Matthew or the extracts from the Prometheus Unbound may be read anew, in their order, as attentively as the Hasidic stories or the Paradise of the Fathers or Erich Fromm. I should of course be pleased if the book might subsequently be found useful for the bedside.

I wish to emphasise the word mood--"to express a mood about the human and divine." Mood, not doctrine. There is a section, for instance, entitled "Good and Evil." The reader . . .

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