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Theological Essays of the Late Benjamin Jowett: Seleted, Arranged, and Edited by Lewis Campbell

Theological Essays of the Late Benjamin Jowett: Seleted, Arranged, and Edited by Lewis Campbell

by Benjamin Jowett
     
 
THE present Bishop of Oxford, to his lasting honour, preaching in Christ Church Cathedral, as Dean, in October 1893, exhorted his hearers to praise God for the strenuous ungrudging energy, the hidden bountifulness, the true kind heart, the public spirit, the unworldliness, the deep reserve of strength, which were in Benjamin Jowett [1] . The Regius Greek Professor of

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THE present Bishop of Oxford, to his lasting honour, preaching in Christ Church Cathedral, as Dean, in October 1893, exhorted his hearers to praise God for the strenuous ungrudging energy, the hidden bountifulness, the true kind heart, the public spirit, the unworldliness, the deep reserve of strength, which were in Benjamin Jowett [1] . The Regius Greek Professor of the years from 1855 to 1893 had triumphantly lived down' [2] the obloquy which, from conscientious motives, had been commenced by a former Canon of Christ Church [3] , and promulgated by a former Bishop of Oxford [4] . His greatness as an educational and moral force could no longer be gainsaid; and his place in the literature of scholarship had been secured by his translations of Plato and Thucydides. But the injury to his reputation as a theologian was not thus repaired. The clergy of his own generation had been warned to avoid his teaching as unsound', and in the following years the younger men, whether theologically inclined or the reverse, were listening to other voices--sacerdotal, mystical, positivist, or aesthetic. The firstfruits of his ripe manhood were in danger of being buried in oblivion--the labour of his best years wasted. Yet there were not a few to whom his writings on religious subjects appeared invaluable; and there are some even to-day who are ready to endorse the words of A. P. Stanley in reviewing the work from which these essays are taken [5] : The cynical and sceptical spirit of the time will have met with an antidote such as we shall vainly expect from any other quarter.' Nor only the cynical spirit; but the neopagan hedonist temper, which saps the moral strength of many, meets here with a more searching humanism which penetrates to the inmost marrow of the mind and heart, and reaches that which is far more deeply interfused'. What Wordsworth said with invincible confidence' of his own poetry [6] may be affirmed of Jowett's theological writings. They co-operate with the benign tendencies in human nature and society wherever found, and will, in their degree, be efficacious in making men wiser, better, and happier'.

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11/05/2010
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