THE LORD OF THOUGHT: a study of the problems which confronted Jesus Christ and the solution he offered
Edition: First US Edition
New York: Doran, no date [1923?]. Octavo, black cloth. pp (xii), 324. Rubber stamped owner name and place on front free endpaper, light foxing to top page edges, else a fine, jacketless copy. Watters p 779, citing the London: SCM, 1922, first edition. In reaction to the widely held belief that Jesus believed in the eminent end of the world, the authors write: "Our aim in the present study is to show that Jesus did not expect a speedy and supernatural destruction of the world, but that he did expect the termination of an order of society based on oppression - the result of his appeal to the Jews to fuse their fervid patriotism in a world-embracing zeal for the God he knew to be the Father of all mankind. In proof that this is no mere reading into the past of modern ideas we offer some account of the beginning of the Christian era, with a critical examination of the eschatological passages in the first three Gospels, as together affording evidence of the strong contrast between the teaching of Jesus and the religious thought common in his day. It is evident that this view, if established, materially affects our estimate of the mind of Jesus, and gives us a conception of his dominance in the sphere of thought commensurate with the historical results of his impact on the world of men," - Preface. Emmet was a Fellow of University College, Oxford. Lily Dougall, a Canadian novelist and writer born in Montreal, was an interesting religious, philosophical, feminist. She was also probably a lesbian, living in England for the last decade of her life with a female partner, Sophie Earp. The present work is a serious scholarly study.