Power, Law, Right and Love: A Study in Political Values

Power, Law, Right and Love: A Study in Political Values

Power, Law, Right and Love: A Study in Political Values

Power, Law, Right and Love: A Study in Political Values

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Like every other Lilly lecturer I must thank the Lilly Endowment Research Program in Christianity and Politics for giving me the opportunity of delivering the lectures published in this little book, and with it the privilege of personal contact with Duke University, with the human and academic inspiration which such an experience brings. I am under special obligation to Professor John H. Hallowell for many acts of understanding friendship and help that I shall not soon forget.

That these lectures do not make a very large book I realize, not without some regret; but their brevity need not be a disadvantage, since it may encourage busy men to follow their argument. In their insistence on the vital interrelationship between political action and religious faith they sound a note which is very important in our own day. In emphasizing that love is a political virtue, they are not idealistic but intensely practical. The whole majestic structure of the British Commonwealth has rocked as in an earthquake because justice was not always accompanied by love. The unparalleled and most moving effort of the United States to help the war-weary and underdeveloped countries of the world might end in failure without love. The presence of love would revolutionize the situation in my own country, the Republic of South Africa, in the bleak atmosphere of which nothing else seems able to avoid disaster.

Edgar H. Brookes

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina February 24, 1963 . . .

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