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Thomas Wingfold, Curate

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Very Good-; Spine ends folded in, slight loss of color at corners, scattered minor toning, the hinges are not worn, the color i Edition: George Routledge and Sons, First American edition, as well as the first one-volume edition, preceded in the same year by an English triple-decker. Evidence of old hinge repairs, one signature slightly sprung, light wear to the spine ends, else an attractive, very good copy. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. Octavo, original pebble grain bevel edge cloth decorated in black to sides, decorated in black and gilt and gilt lettered to spine, brown endpapers.

Made from sheets of the NY: Routledge, , US first edition, with US ads at rear which advertise a number of MacDonald titles, but not this one. The British edition was also published in , but in a three volume format. This Canadian issue is very scarce. Steven Temple Books Published: I can understand though I certainly do not approve why some individuals have taken it upon themselves to edit and shorten the novel to render it easier for modern readers. And yet upon concluding the story I immediately recommended it to my wife—and that not just for fiendish reasons. Throughout it all MacDonald ably communicates his deep evangelical faith.

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Despite its flaws, I found the book spiritually edifying and uplifting. It is a story of spiritual awakening, and who among us does not need to be awakened? What held my attention in particular is the ongoing debate between belief and disbelief.

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MacDonald was no ordinary Protestant. The tale begins with Thomas Wingfold, the local vicar, being challenged by a a confident, articulate lawyer, George Bascombe. Bascombe understands the mission of his life to rescue Christians from their superstition, irrationalism, dishonesty and delusion and bring them into the clear light of rational disbelief. Fortunately for him, providence leads Wingfold to a wise and spiritually mature dwarf, Joseph Polwarth.

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Wingfold commits himself to discovering whether God in fact exists. Why should one believe in God? He is skeptical that such proofs can be provided or whether they can be of any service to anyone. As Polwarth explains to Wingfold:. My dear sir, no conviction can be got, or if it could be got, would be of any sufficing value, through that dealer in second-hand goods, the intellect. If by it we could prove there is a God, it would be of small avail indeed: But I know no other way of knowing that there is a God but that which reveals WHAT he is—the only idea that could be God—shows him in his own self-proving existence—and that way is Jesus Christ as he revealed himself on earth, and as he is revealed afresh to every heart that seeks to know the truth concerning him.

Only through spiritual experience, through prayer and meditation upon the biblical narrative of Jesus, can one come to know or not know whether God exists. An awakening must occur. Bascombe is confident in his skepticism. God is not a question for him. He does not understand why anyone would worry himself about it. Bascombe lives only on the surface of life.

He has not known deep suffering.


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He has never wrestled with the profound questions posed to human beings by their mortality. Hence he is incapable of seriously entertaining the possibility that God might be known by other means than empirical reason: He had come out of the darkness, and was going back into the darkness; all that lay between, plain and clear, he had to do with—nothing more. First, the atheist claims too much for his disbelief. How can one be convinced that the transcendent Creator does not exist, simply because one cannot demonstrate his existence as one might demonstrate the existence of the table in front of us?

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What you profess to teach them might be a fact, but could never be a truth, I answer. And the very value which you falsely put upon facts you have learned to attribute to them from the supposed existence of something at the root of all facts—namely, TRUTHS, or eternal laws of being. Still, if you believe that men will be happier from learning your discovery that there is no God, preach it, and prosper in proportion to its truth.

No; that from my pen would be a curse—no, preach it not, I say, until you have searched all spaces of space, up and down, in greatness and smallness—where I grant indeed, but you cannot know, that you will not find him—and all regions of thought and feeling, all the unknown mental universe of possible discovery—preach it not until you have searched that also, I say, lest what you count a truth should prove to be no fact, and there should after all be somewhere, somehow, a very, living God, a Truth indeed, in whom is the universe.

If atheism is true, then we find ourselves trapped in an absurd existence that contradicts our deepest aspirations. Again the spiritual master Polwarth:. Either the whole frame of existence is a wretched, miserable unfitness, a chaos with dreams of a world, a chaos in which the higher is for ever subject to the lower, or it is an embodied idea growing towards perfection in him who is the one perfect creative Idea, the Father of lights, who suffers himself that he may bring his many sons into the glory which is his own glory.


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How silly, thinks MacDonald, to reject the possibility of a divine Creator when we cannot rationally prove his non-existence. Why should any human being prematurely cut himself off from salvific union with God before he has sought this God with all of his heart and mind and being. Such were indeed an unworthy feeling to follow!