BRIEF AND ENIGMATIC THOUGH IT BE TO ALL BUT THOSE CONcerned, a prefatory acknowledgment is an earned and special pleasure for an author.
My wife, Leslie, has devoted many long and weary hours to typing all the many versions of each of these chapters in every stage of their development. Her complete secretarial efficiency—and stern editorial eye—has been invaluable. In an important sense, however, the substance of the book also is hers as much as it is mine. This book is the intellectual manifestation of a series of spiritual quests and ordeals which we have thought through and lived through together. If this book says anything, then she, too, speaks; though I fear her own clear voice is muffled by the scholarly apparatus and the specific formulations, for all of which I bear full responsibility.
Over many years, I have been deeply influenced by the persistent and penetrating questions and probings of Professor Paul Wienpahl, my friend and colleague. He has brought me to wrestle, in the right way, with points of view I either had dismissed as plainly wrong or else had too