By L. W. Grensted, M.A., D.D.
Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion in the University of Oxford; Canon Theologian of Liverpool
The whole subject of the relation between spiritual and mental healing is one of quite peculiar importance at the present time. The pressure and pace of modern civilization, not to speak of the recurrent threats to its stability, with the ever-increasing demands which they make upon the individual, have not only led to an enormous development in the methods and range of psychological treatment, but have also intensified an interest and a hope, perhaps as ancient as the first religious searchings of mankind, in the possibilities of healing by the still more fundamental way of faith. Not unnaturally, there has been a vast amount of what, from the scientific point of view, can only be called crude and ill-regulated experiment, and this is at least as true on the psychological as on the religious side. Quacks and charlatans, both spiritual and scientific, will doubtless ever be with us, yet even their work, uncertain as its value may be, is often of great interest for those who are not led away by glowing and uncritical claims, and who can appreciate the real significance of what is happening. There is very great need for the work of those who can bring a balanced judgment, a quality by no means incompatible with religious conviction, to bear upon the whole matter.
It is for reasons of this kind that I am glad to have this opportunity of welcoming and commending Dr. M. Gregory's full and careful study. I have had the