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MY Gifford Lectures were delivered at Edinburgh in January and February of this year, and I sent them forthwith to press without material alteration or addition. The verbal form alone has been somewhat improved here and there; and some passages omitted from want of time in delivering the Lectures, have been incorporated in the following pages. It seemed to me unnecessary to add anything to what the Lectures originally contained, but I may refer those readers who are further interested in my views to my ‘Religionsphilosophie,’ third edition (‘Philosophy of Religion,’ translated from the second German edition, 1886), and to my ‘Urchristenthum’ (Berlin, 1887).

My hearty thanks are due to Dr Hastie for his translation of the Lectures from my German manuscript, and to Professor Kirkpatrick for his careful revision of the proofs.


April 16, 1894.