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THE INSPIRATION OF
AN ESSAY IN THE PSYCHOLOGY
G. C. JOYCE, D.D.
warden of s. DEINIOL'S LIBRARY, AND examining cHAPLAIN
Πιστεύομεν εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ ̔́Αγιον τὸ λαλῆσαν
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
LONDON, EDINBURGH, NEW YORK, TORONTO
THIS little book contains the substance of lectures delivered to the members of the Society of Sacred Study in the Dioceses of S. Asaph and Bangor. Within the narrow compass of its few pages there is obviously no pretence to completeness of treatment. I have desired only to make some suggestions for further thought and study.
It will probably be admitted in all quarters that in view of recent developments of human thought some modifications need to be introduced into the traditional expression of the doctrine of Inspiration. Such a restatement demands a re-examination of the pertinent facts, and, in order to be satisfactory, must be placed in logical connexion with the first principles of a philosophy of revelation. Into these matters I do not venture to enter, but have restricted myself to the modest preliminary task of attempting to describe some of the phenomena of Inspiration, as observed from the standpoint of the psychology of religion. Recognizing and accepting the reality and authority of the revelation enshrined in the Bible, I am convinced that the fullest and freest inquiry into the various modes of Inspiration, so far from weakening faith, cannot but serve to increase our reverence for this work of the Holy Spirit among men.