"The lectures here printed were designed as a first step in a serious effort to awaken popular interest in Biblical Science, and to set out clearly the broad principles on which that criticism proceeds. No worse disaster to religion could well be imagined than the divorce of critical scholarship from ordinary belief. Criticism must not be allowed to take an esoteric character, but, at all hazards, must be held closely to the current teaching of the Church. These lectures will have justified their publication and answered to the purpose with which they were originally planned, if, in however small a measure, they contribute to this end."
H. Hensley Henson