Matter, Life, Mind, and God: Five Lectures on Contemporary Tendencies of Thought

Matter, Life, Mind, and God: Five Lectures on Contemporary Tendencies of Thought

Matter, Life, Mind, and God: Five Lectures on Contemporary Tendencies of Thought

Matter, Life, Mind, and God: Five Lectures on Contemporary Tendencies of Thought

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Matter, life, mind, and God may well seem too big a title for so small a book. And, truly, if it were taken to imply a claim to exhaustive treatment of the topics it names, it would bespeak inexcusable presumption on the author's part. No, it is meant as nothing more than a handy abbreviation for some such phrase as this : " A discussion of what some of the leading thinkers of our day are saying about ' Matter, Life, Mind, and God.' " This, and no more, is all this little volume of lectures attempts.

The original lectures were inspired by the thought that a University placed, like Armstrong College, in a centre of business and industry, owes a duty not only to its enrolled students, but to the whole community of which it forms a part : that it should strive, in fact, to be the focus of the intellectual life of its neighbourhood. For, the days when education was treated as the special prerogative of the well-to-do have passed away. In principle, no one now disputes that all should have access to education . . .

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