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Archbishop, New York
TEACHERS AND THINKERS
LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO.
NEW YORK, TORONTO
BENJAMIN Since you asked many questions on the ways of the Lord, desiring the answers to be set out in short readings, I have endeavoured to satisfy you. I have selected some matters of fact, and certain speculations, from the wide field of Truth.
One subject, which is both speculative and practical, leads the way; that is, Prayer, or the converse of our soul with its Creator. Then come other topics, such as Truth itself, which is so many-sided in its relations; and especially Religion, the history of which is so singular for aberrations from truth in theory and practice.
I should be glad, if whạt satisfies you as a reminder served also as a partial guide for our excellent teaching bodies, whose pupils in modern conditions are so glibly assailed with strange ideas on religion and science. It is in view of such modern thought that I have formulated here some of the tests which reason and faith supply, to fix the value of many notions current. To make room for such criticism I have enlarged the scope of your queries, when attaching my answers to them.
The shorter the reading, the better seasoned should it be. Hence I have drawn freely on Holy Writ to give relish, to add substance, and to solicit your esteem and preference for the voice of Wisdom speaking. “Let Thy Scriptures, O Lord,” says St. Augustine, “be my chaste delight!” For indeed, as St. John Chrysostom observes, they are a flowery meadow of thought, yea, a paradise of luscious fruit.