Humanism States Its Case: "The Lowell Institute Lectures, Delivered in King's Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts, during February and March, 1932"

Humanism States Its Case: "The Lowell Institute Lectures, Delivered in King's Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts, during February and March, 1932"

Humanism States Its Case: "The Lowell Institute Lectures, Delivered in King's Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts, during February and March, 1932"

Humanism States Its Case: "The Lowell Institute Lectures, Delivered in King's Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts, during February and March, 1932"

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This book owes its origin to a series of lectures delivered on the Lowell Foundation which attempted to deal with the purpose of Humanism within the general field of theology. The subject deserves more ample treatment, particularly on the historical side. Inasmuch as the number of lectures was limited to six, a fuller discussion was impossible and must be reserved for a future time.

No attempt was made to distinguish between Humanism and Humanitarianism, inasmuch as both movements result from the same basic consideration, the primary importance of man in the general scheme of things. The entire discussion was purposely limited to a consideration of this fundamental assumption, because with it Humanism either stands or falls.

The humanistic system of thought, like any other, needs to be defended against its enemies and its friends: against its enemies in order to guard it against willful misunderstanding of its legitimate claims; against its friends because of their failing to realize its limitations and their consequent misapprehension of its possibilities.

A disagreement between two opposing opinions is never so great as the adherents of the respective opinions like to believe. Differences are apt to be sur-

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