The Faith of a Moralist: Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St. Andrews, 1926-1928

The Faith of a Moralist: Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St. Andrews, 1926-1928

The Faith of a Moralist: Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St. Andrews, 1926-1928

The Faith of a Moralist: Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of St. Andrews, 1926-1928

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These volumes contain the Gifford Lectures given in the University of St. Andrews in the sessions of 1926-27 and 1927-28 substantially as they were delivered, though I have restored a number of sentences and short passages which had, for the sake of brevity, to be omitted in the actual delivery, and have, in several cases, printed as a single whole what had, in delivery, to be subdivided into two lectures. The unstudied, even occasionally conversational, style naturally employed in addressing an audience of recent colleagues and personal friends I have thought proper for retention in the published volumes; the material could not have been systematically recast in a severer literary form without an expenditure of time impossible to one still fully engaged in actual teaching work.

I trust that the title I have, with some misgivings, adopted will mislead no one. It is meant to indicate two things--that the attitude assumed on the great ultimate problems discussed avowedly involves a "venture of faith", and that, as I think, the venture should be found natural by anyone who comes to these problems with the special presuppositions of a moralist. I shall not, I hope, be thought capable of the impertinence of asking my readers to be interested in an intimate personal . . .

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