The Working Faith of the Social Reformer and Other Essays

The Working Faith of the Social Reformer and Other Essays

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The Working Faith of the Social Reformer and Other Essays

The Working Faith of the Social Reformer and Other Essays

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The essays and lectures in this volume have already appeared in print: The Working Faith of the Social Reformer and The Moral Aspect of the Fiscal Question in The Hibbert Journal; The Child and Heredity in a volume of The Crown Theological Library, entitled The Child and Religion; Idealism and Politics in The Contemporary Review; Social and Individual Evolution in The New World; and Social Responsibilitiesin a pamphlet published by James MacLehose & Sons. I wish to express my hearty gratitude to the Editors and Publishers of these periodicals for their kindness in allowing me to collect the papers together for republication.

Most of the essays were originally written in response to the incitement of some quite temporary circumstance; but they all turn around principles which, if they are valid, are of cardinal importance for our thinking and practice in social matters.

The changes I have made are both less numerous and less important than I could have wished. In particular I could have gladly eliminated some repetitions. But I was prevented, partly by the difficulty of doing so without tearing up the web of the argument, and partly by the belief that the convictions which kept recurring to . . .

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