Studies in the Philosophy of Religion - Vol. 1

Studies in the Philosophy of Religion - Vol. 1

Studies in the Philosophy of Religion - Vol. 1

Studies in the Philosophy of Religion - Vol. 1

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Bowman's cast of mind and ways of thinking obtain such adequate expression in these Studies that no attempt need here be made to give an account of his general philosophical outlook. But it is fitting that some brief account be given of the outward circumstances of his life, and of the man himself as he was known to his friends and colleagues.

Born at Beith, Ayrshire, on 4th April 1883, the son of a Congregational Minister, he counted himself fortunate in the circumstances of his early life. They were Spartan, judged even by the standards usual in Scottish manses in the nineteenth century. "My father," he has written, "who was a man of the finest and highest qualities, and who wore his life out in the faithful service of the community, married on £90 a year, and never rose above £100. On that my mother not only kept the wolf from the door and reared a family of five children, but even contrived to keep up what were called 'appearances', and which were considered a very sacred institution indeed." There must have been many traits common to father and son, and not least an inability to have even a minimum regard for their own personal claims when private duties or public issues were at stake.

Bowman was also wont to speak gratefully of the education he had received, first in the Academy and later in Spier's School, Beith, and especially of his work under three distinguished teachers--

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