At Sundry Times: An Essay in the Comparison of Religions

At Sundry Times: An Essay in the Comparison of Religions

At Sundry Times: An Essay in the Comparison of Religions

At Sundry Times: An Essay in the Comparison of Religions

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The present book is based on the Sir D. Owen Evans Lectures which I was invited to deliver before the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth in January 1957. To compress the whole of what seemed to me to be the praeparatio evangelica as manifested in India and Iran into five lectures was no easy task for the author and must have strained the attention of even an audience as receptive and alert as that of Aberystwyth. In deciding to publish, then, I have considerably expanded Lectures II, III and V, and have added an appendix on the Qur'ānic conception of the mission and nature of Jesus Christ. With this additional elbow-room it is hoped that greater justice will have been done to the progressive development of the idea of God in the Indian tradition, and that some advance may have been made in bridging the gap that has hitherto separated the Qur'ānic (I dare not say Muslim) view of our Lord from our own.

I am greatly indebted to the former Principal of the University College, Mr. M. Goronwy Rees, for having invited me to give these lectures, and it is hoped that their publication in book form may contribute, in however humble a way, to a better understanding between the great religions.

R. C. Z.

All Souls College, Oxford.

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