It is ready to give heed to all veracious presenta tions of personal conviction. It will consider on their merits all positions in regard to faith that are capable Of serious and reverent argu ment. The discussions to which the essays gave rise, and the conclusions that were provisionally arrived at, are not recorded: they concern rather the members Of the Society than the public at large. But no one can doubt that both the discussions and the conclusions were the better for the preliminary expositions that are here set forth for the benefit Of other students Of religion in its widest sense. It need hardly be said that each Of the contributors speaks for himself. He commits no other, and least Of all the St Ninian Society, to the case he advocates. His essay is published in virtue Of its intrinsic interest and competence. If it does not persuade its readers, it will certainly inform them. Those who are constrained to examine the intellectual reasons for their belief will be the better equipped for the enquiry, if they are first made conversant with the forces that are actually operating to weaken or to strengthen its foundations.