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Works of William Ralph Inge (20 vols.)
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William Ralph Inge, whose philosophical pessimism earned him the epithet “the gloomy dean,” published over 35 books on everything from mysticism to Platonism to ethics. He was dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral for 24 years and a regular columnist for the Evening Standard for 25 years—his career as cleric and columnist spread over both world wars. His biting commentary in the Standard earned him a reputation as something of a public gadfly and contrarian, but his cynicism is betrayed by the sincerity evident in his other published works.

This collection of The Works of William Ralph Inge assembles 20 volumes from Dean Inge. The Religious Philosophy of Plotinus and some Modern Philosophies of Religion, The Platonic Tradition in English Religious Thought, and other works showcase his keen insights into Platonism and mysticism—the fields where he made his greatest theological contribution. His two-volume Outspoken Essays and The Idea of Progress highlight some of his most controversial opinions. Throughout all 20 volumes, Inge’s theologically liberal work challenges convention and stirs up thought.

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Key Features

  • 20 volumes of theology, history, and criticism from “the gloomy dean” William Ralph Inge
  • Liberal theological writing on Plotinus and neo-Platonism
  • Explorations of Christian mysticism and personal spirituality

Individual Titles

Society in Rome under the Caesars

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1888
  • Pages: 312

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This volume contains William Ralph Inge’s essay on Roman society in the first century AD. It won the Hare Prize at Cambridge in 1886.

Faith and Knowledge

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 316

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This volume contains a collection of 20 sermons preached by William Ralph Inge between 1892 and 1904.

Light, Life, and Love

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Methuen & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 297

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This volume contains William Ralph Inge’s commentary on selections from medieval German mystics.

Studies of English Mystics

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 258

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This volume contains William Ralph Inge’s Studies of English Mystics, a course of lectures delivered at St. Margaret’s in 1905. Inge gives an introduction of the psychology of mysticism and discusses mysticism in the writings of Julian of Norwich, Walter Hylton, William Law, William Wordsworth, and Robert Browning.

Truth and Falsehood in Religion

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton and Company
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 200

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This volume contains a course of lectures on the basis of the Christian faith, delivered at Cambridge in 1906 by William Ralph Inge.

Personal Idealism and Mysticism

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1907
  • Pages: 208

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Personal Idealism and Mysticism contains William Ralph Inge’s Paddock lectures from 1906. They explore Inge’s views on how we know God, the problem of sin, human personality, and more.

Faith and Its Psychology

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 272

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Faith and Its Psychology is an expansion of 10 lectures William Ralph Inge delivered in 1915. Inge makes a case for religion as a normal, healthy facet of human life. He argues that religion must be more than an ideal, and to demonstrate how false religious beliefs arise out of a failure to engage as a whole person or relying too much on a given authority.

The Church and the Age

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 116

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In his series of lectures, The Church and the Age, William Ralph Inge explains his philosophy of how the church interacts with the spirit of the age and its role in moderating the wistful winds of opinion with eternal truth.

The Religious Philosophy of Plotinus and some Modern philosophies of Religion

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: The Lindsey Press
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 64

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In this volume, adapted from a lecture delivered at Essex Hall in 1914, William Ralph Inge explores the field that he made the greatest contribution to: Plotinus and modern religious philosophy.

Types of Christian Saintliness

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 93

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Types of Christian Saintliness is adapted from three lectures delivered by William Ralph Inge to the London Diocesan Girls’ Association. Inge defines three types of Christianity encompassed by the Church of England: catholic, Protestant, and liberal, and identifies how the character of these three branches may manifest in all Christian denominations.

Outspoken Essays, vol. 1

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 294

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Outspoken Essays gathers several of the most piquant pieces William Ralph Inge published in various journals in the early twentieth century, as well as original material. In these essays Inge writes on everything from ancient philosophy to the salient social issues of his day. Volume 1 includes essays on Roman Catholic modernism, John Henry Newman, institutionalism and mysticism, and more.

Outspoken Essays, vol. 2

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 294

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Outspoken Essays gathers several of the most piquant pieces William Ralph Inge published in various journals in the early twentieth century, as well as original material. In them Inge writes on everything from ancient philosophy to the salient social issues of his day. Volume 2 features Inge’s own Confessio Fidei, in which he outlines his religious beliefs in detail, as well as essays on the nature of government, history, and civilization.

The Idea of Progress

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 42

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This volume contains William Ralph Inge’s provocative essay, The Idea of Progress, which he delivered at the Sheldonian Theatre in 1920. In a Solomonic tone, Inge evaluates the shortcomings of the modern idea of progress as “the working faith of the West.”

The Victorian Age

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1922
  • Pages: 64

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The Victorian Age is William Ralph Inge’s Rede Lecture, delivered in 1922. In this contemplative essay, Inge sketches the character of the Victorian age and identifies it as the likely apogee of English civilization.

Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion.

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1924
  • Pages: 106

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William Ralph Inge wrote Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion inspired by the death of his young daughter. In it he reflects on his personal faith and devotion and speaks specifically of his daughter in the last chapter, “Bereavement.”

The Platonic Tradition in English Religious Thought

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1926
  • Pages: 117

William Ralph Inge described himself as a Christian Platonist. In this volume he reflects on the tradition of English Platonic thought he counts himself a part of, and considers its influence on Christianity.

Christian Ethics and Modern Problems

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1930
  • Pages: 450

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In Christian Ethics and Modern Problems William Ralph Inge evaluates the state of Christian ethics in the aftermath of World War I, and how modern problems challenge the Christian faith.

God and the Astronomers

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1934
  • Pages: 334

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In God and the Astronomers William Ralph Inge addresses the rapid development of astronomy and physics’ theological implications. He also addresses problems caused by the modern split of natural science and philosophy.

The End of an Age

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1949
  • Pages: 304

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The End of an Age gathers several essays that examine the plight of humanity and Christendom in the middle of the twentieth century. Inge addresses many modern scourges, but speaks with a tentative hope for the future, which “generates anti-toxins as well as toxins.”

The Things that Remain

  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Publisher: Harpers & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1958
  • Pages: 170

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The Things that Remain gathers various sermons from the later portion of William Ralph Inge’s clerical career.

Product Details

  • Title: Works of William Ralph Inge
  • Author: William Ralph Inge
  • Volumes: 20
  • Pages: 4,311

About William Ralph Inge

William Ralph Inge (1860–1954) was an English author, Anglican priest, and professor. Born in Yorkshire, Inge was educated at Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge. He was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1888 and tutored at Hertford College, Oxford. He was Vicar of All Saints, Knightsbridge, London, from 1905 to 1907, but left parish ministry to become Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity at Cambridge. In 1911 he was appointed dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, a post he retained until his retirement in 1934. He was a columnist for the Evening Standard from 1921 until 1946, where his pessimistic writing earned him the nickname “the gloomy dean.” He wrote over 35 books in his lifetime, and is best known for his work on Plotinus, neo-Platonism, and Christian mysticism. He died in 1954, in Brightwell, South Oxfordshire, at age 93.