Theism and Humanism: Being the Gifford Lectures Delivered at the University of Glasgow, 1914 (Paperback)
Arthur Balfour's famous lectures, delivered in 1913 at the University of Glasgow, offer insight into the link between theism, a belief in God, and the philosophical aspects of humanism.
In delivering and publishing these lectures, Balfour sought to explain complex concepts in a way that ordinary people could understand. The connection between faith in a divine God, and the humanistic attainment of the highest qualities celebrated in mortal beings, are neither obvious nor clear to most. As a devoted Christian and academic, with a background as a statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the author understands well the need for clear communication.
The lectures examine in sequence the moral, artistic, scientific and intellectual values held in the highest esteem. Each is explained as being connected deeply and vitally with the qualities of God and belief in the divineness of human existence. Each of the ten lectures is lively and spirited, showcasing the author's eloquence and passion for eclectic debate. Although his ideas span many disciplines of academia, Balfour demonstrates a keen knowledge for each, imbued by his lengthy background in learning.