In 1886 Joan Kerr donated 3,000 pounds to
the Scottish United Presbyterian Synod to sponsor a series of lectures
on Christian history, ethics, doctrine, and worldview. The lecturer
position was given to James Orr, and The Christian View of God and
World was published as a transcript of the lecture series. Orr's
lectures covered topics such as general Christian worldview, the
alternatives to Christianity, postulates about God's existence and sin,
and the incarnation of Christ. The spoken nature of these lectures
gives the text an understandable, conversational tone to even the
heaviest theology. Orr is one of the best-known English-speaking
theologians, and his brilliant mind produced a number of great works.
These spoken lectures have a different feel than his prose, and fans of
Orr will appreciate the new tone.