Books of Faith and Power

Books of Faith and Power

Books of Faith and Power

Books of Faith and Power

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Great books, even the greatest, would be neglected by many of those who ought to read them if they were not from time to time brought to notice in slighter and more ephemeral ones. The six that are reviewed in the following chapters may justly claim a prominent place among those which express basic elements of the Christian tradition. It is my hope that these pages will arouse in some readers unacquainted with the originals an impulse to study them. Perhaps, also, readers who already know some or all of these "books of faith and power" will find it useful to compare their judgments of them with the impressions here conveyed.

The materials of the first three and the last of the series were substantially contained in four lectures delivered during the month of January, 1945, in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York City, under the auspices of the Institute for Religious Studies. These lectures formed part of a triple series entitled Classics of Western Religion, in which other lecturers presented Roman Catholic and Jewish works of similar distinction. Within the larger series the four here included were announced under the special designation, Protestant Classics. These discourses have been revised and enlarged, and in this process marks of the lecture form have been eliminated. The book has been extended to include treatments of The Pilgrim's Progress and the Serious Call. What is attempted, in each chapter except the last, is a digest aided by a few quotations and interspersed with interpretative comment. Since Wesley Journal could not usefully be reduced to an outline, I have sought to characterize it chiefly by means . . .

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