Excerpt from First Principles of Faith
Since the substance of the following treatise was written, some remarkably able works, handling many of the topics here discussed, have appeared, notably A Study of Orzgim, by Dr. Pressense P/zz'losop/zy of Them, by Dr. Ward T/ze Basis of T/zez'sm, by Dr. Harris P/zysiml am! ﬂforallaw, by Rev. W. Arthur, m.a. And T/ze Unily of Nature, by the Duke of Argyll. This fact led me to consider whether these productions met the want I had aimed at supplying, and thus rendered the publication of my manuscript superﬂuous. The result was a con viction that, notwithstanding the rare excellence of these works, there was still need for such a book as I had attempted to provide. I therefore issue this production in the hope that it may, in some degree, take part in promoting the cause of truth and human well-being. Unbelief continues to project its shot and shell into the lines of Christian Theism and, though its former attacks have been well met, it must not be left to repeat them unresisted. The' present volume only aspires to be one of many contributions, made in vindication of those great principles which underlie the experience and practice of true religion.
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