It was by a somewhat singular process of self-restraint that one whose life had been that of a parish minister undertook to treat the themes of religion without preaching... -from "The Creation and Man" Originally prepared as lectures delivered before the Lowell Institute, the Boston organization of cultural philanthropy, this 1898 collection of essays by Alexander McKenzie, minister of The First Church of Cambridge, offers clear, lucid discussions of: . The Creation and Man . The Course of Man in the Oldest Literature . The Son of Man in Early Literature . The Purpose and Method of Christ . The Cause of Christ in the Hands of Men . The Christian Forces Christians as well as readers of comparative mythology and religion as those interested in the thematic exploration of religion in classic literature will find this an enlightening read. ALEXANDER MCKENZIE also wrote A Door Opened, Christ Himself, Some Things Abroad, and Cambridge Sermons.