Eternal Values in Religion

Eternal Values in Religion

Eternal Values in Religion

Eternal Values in Religion

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Professor James Bissett Pratt left this book, in manuscript, among his papers, with a note attached saying that it was to be published. He had been at work on it for some years prior to his death--he "should have died hereafter"--and its form as well as its substance suggest the maturity of mind which we have long associated with all his writing. The book is as unhurried as it is wise. One seems to sense the serenity of the Berkshire hills on which he looked out from his home in Williamstown.

Technically these pages were written by a philosopher, who had a collateral interest in psychology. But unlike many of his professional colleagues Pratt belonged to an earlier school which thought of philosophy as a guide to life, if not a way of life. His work has always been conspicuously wanting in the academic jargon which is the trade language of members of departments of philosophy. He is always simple and never more so than here. Presumably this is so because he has something to say, bearing on human life, knows just what he wants to say and how to say it. The clarity of his thought and the directness of his style lie on the far side rather than the near side of all sophistication. He never kicks up a dust and then complains that he cannot see.

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