Literature of Theology: A Classified Bibliography of Theological and General Religious Literature (Classic Reprint)
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A table of the principal abbreviations is prefixed. It is believed that all other than those mentioned in the table are self-explaining.
That the average library of the Christian layman and of the minister of the Gospel is poor beyond words, is a lamentable fact. Many of the books are of such inferior authorship as to unfit them for even storage in any home of people either intelligent or hoping to be intelligent. Such books have drifted in because they are radiant with glaring and realistic pic tures, or are bound in captivating sheep or calf, or are presented by well meaning friends, or have been bought in lots at auction under the hallu cination of cheapness, or because of some other apology for the existence of the trash. If two thirds of the shelves of the typical domestic library were emptied of their burden, and choice books put in their stead. There would be reformat ion in intelligence and thought throughout the civilized world. A poor book is dear, and a good one cheap, at any cost. One's best book is that which treats best the subject on which one most needs light, and which one can get only by planning, by seeking, and often by sacrificing. One such book is worth more than all the diamonds of Gol conda or the pearls of Tuticorin, and sweeter than all the perfumes of Araby the Blest. It is a friend for all seasons, and remains true to the eighties, and beyond, if they come. Better one shelf of such treasures than a ship load of literary driftings from the dead pyramids of publishers who sell slowly and of authors who fail quickly.
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