Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

Florence Nightingale is best known as a woman of action: as the founder of modern nursing, a reformer in the field of public health, and a pioneer in the use of statistics. Her influence was so far-reaching that even the critical Lytton Strachey would write in 1918, ten years after her death, that "there is no great hospital today which does not bear upon it the impress of her...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xl

"This book," Suggestions for Thought to the Searchers after Truth among the Artizans of England, was an 829-page work in three volumes that Florence Nightingale had privately printed in 1860. She affectionately referred to it as her "Stuff." Her motivation for writing her "Stuff" was to offer the artisans, or working class people of England, an alternative to atheism. Disillusioned...

SUGGESTIONS FOR THOUGHT

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pp. 1-2

Dedication

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pp. 3-4

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Chapter 1. On the Concept of God

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pp. 5-34

What do we mean by "God?" All we can say is, that we recognize a power superior to our own; that we recognize this power as exercised by a wise and good will....

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Chapter 2. On Universal Law

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pp. 35-57

The belief of universal and invariable law has necessarily gained ground gradually, because its foundation is observation and experience. To those who in past ages had not the possibility of recognizing law, it was natural to see superhuman power chiefly in the more interesting and startling events of life, and to seek help through prayer or other means, which human...

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Chapter 3. On God's Law and Human Will

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pp. 58-76

To give man a will, an identity, a freedom of his own—and yet so to arrange that his will shall become freely one with the will of God, is the problem of human existence—for the will of God being the will of perfect love and wisdom, is the only will that can lead to perfect happiness. The will of man, therefore, in order to attain happiness, must be the same as the will of God....

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Chapter 4. On Sin and Evil

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pp. 77-98

That they should sit down satisfied with saying that "evil is a mystery,55 that "God's ways are inscrutable," appears no less extraordinary, when we consider that evil is only the essential ignorance of man's beginning, and that God has constituted us expressly to discover all His thoughts....

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Chapter 5. On Family Life

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pp. 97-115

We want to give that which the family promises to give and does not. We want to extend the family, not annihilate it....

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Chapter 6. On the Spiritual Life

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pp. 116-144

Our religious creed consists in this—belief in an omnipotent eternal spirit of love, wisdom, righteousness, manifesting itself by calling into existence, by definite laws, beings capable of the happiness of love, wisdom, righteousness,— capable of advancing themselves and each other in divine nature—living in an universe in which, by definite law, the means and...

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Chapter 7. On Life After Death

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pp. 145-154

There is nothing final in the universe of mind or of matter—all is tendency, growth....

Appendix 1: Guide to the Text

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pp. 155-156

Appendix 2: Chronology

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pp. 157-164

Bibliography

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pp. 165-172

Index

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pp. 173-179