New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1923. First American edition, signed by the author. The first English edition was published by Putnam's the previous year. Some wear to joints and extremities, back cover slightly soiled. Partially unopened. Tear to fore-edge of advertisement leaf, not touching text. A very good, clean copy, Signed by the author. Publisher’s beige paper boards titled in dark brown. Octavo. vii, 143, [2, ads] pp. Item #17286
Agnes Maude Royden (1876 – 1956), Anglican preacher and suffragist, wrote the present work in the wake of the dual tragedies of World War I and the 1918 influenza pandemic. She argues that the Christian virtues of charity, humility, and pacifism can be used for social good. For example, Royden disavows greed and the political agendas, and implores the governments of Europe and the United States to retire their hatred of Communism and send aid to Russia to prevent famine (pp. 85-86). Royden also calls English ceasefire in Ireland: “But to-day we [the English] stand before the world as oppressors of a little people…” she writes, “You cannot kill the soul of a nation. You can never conquer Ireland,” (p. 73). Here, Royden expresses something similar to what would, decades later, be dubbed liberation theology in Latin American and Black contexts: the notion that Christian theology can be used to achieve justice and freedom for oppressed peoples worldwide.
Royden advocated for women’s ordination and involvement in the Anglican Church, suffrage, and pacifism. Royden was involved in the Church League for Women’s Suffrage and served as the vice president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She was also staunchly antifascist, and renounced pacifism later in life, believing that Nazism was a greater evil than war. In 1931, the University of Glasgow conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity on Royden, making her the first woman to become a Doctor of Divinity in Britain.