John Fisk, born in Connecticut in 1842, was a Harvard educated philosopher. A fan of Charles Darwin, he championed the popular opinion of the day regarding brain size and the racial superiority of the "Anglo-Saxon race". Despite this, he was also avid anti-slavery and twenty-three years after the cessation of the American Civil War, he declared the North's victory complete "despite the feeble wails" of "unteachable bigots."
Essays in this book include: The Unseen World; “The To-Morrow Of Death.”; The Jesus Of History; The Christ Of Dogma; A Word About Miracles; Draper On Science And Religion; Nathan The Wise; Historical Difficulties; The Famine Of 1770 In Bengal; Spain And The Netherlands; Longfellow’s Dante; Paine’s “St. Peter.”; A Philosophy Of Art; and, Athenian And American Life.