The Platonic Tradition in English Religious Thought: The Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge, 1925-1926

The Platonic Tradition in English Religious Thought: The Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge, 1925-1926

The Platonic Tradition in English Religious Thought: The Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge, 1925-1926

The Platonic Tradition in English Religious Thought: The Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge, 1925-1926

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This short course of Lectures, which I have decided to print as they were written for delivery, without notes or amplifications, must be taken for what it is, a plea for the recognition of a third type of Christian thought and belief, by the side of the two great types which, for want of better names, are usually called Catholic and Protestant. The three types are happily not mutually exclusive. Just as there is a strong Evangelical element in the best Catholics, and just as many devout Protestants are earnest sacramentalists, so mysticism, and the Christian Platonism which is the philosophy of mysticism, are at home in all branches of Christendom. But I have claimed that the history of Christian Platonism, and the fruits which it has borne, justify its recognition as a legitimate and independent type of Christian theology and practice. My little book is a plea for this recognition, and nothing more. I have not attempted to observe the proportion of faith by doing justice to those doctrines which are char-

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