The Meaning Of Faith, Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1917.

The organization of this book is quite curious when one considers it. It is organized in a sequence of 12 weeks of daily readings.  One for each day of each week.  It also, at the end of each week has a series of commentaries for further reading, review, and meditation.

It was first copyrighted in 1917 and again in 1950.  Sadly my copy is showing signs of rough usage and was printed in the era of ” dissolving books.”  T hat is in the years when publishers used cheap acid produced paper.   In addition to this I have at least 58 digears and mych more under linings.   This in a book of 346 pages.

These essays are a tremendous variety of arguments in favor of faith,  page 15 sets the tone in this excerpt” Discussion about faith generally starts with faith’s inevitableness; let us begin with faith’s inevitableness. Thus the book begins.  Organized in daily readings which gives one time to ruminate on what the author wrote and then try to find weaknesses in the arguments.  Just my cup of tea.

The end of each of the twelve weeks adds a commentary in Roman numeral comments which should also be savored and denuded of mental flesh a day at a time.

So you see that all indications are a meaty read that has depth and weight.  Slowly read a day at a time it seems that it permeates one convincingly but not as propaganda.

One man Father Martin, author of Chalk Talks said “The man who is convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”  So true!  This book allows you through argument against Mr. Fosdick’s writing to convince yourself of the essential nature of faith.

Maybe a little hard to read in places but these books are for growth, require effort and not for pure escapism.  They teach the essentials of being human.  After all you can even back up and read one day a week at your own pace.  What could be a better treat for the mind’s essential bread of life.  After all each day’s reading is only a few pages long.


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