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About Henry Drummond

From The Greatest Thing in the World by


(1851 — 1897)

Henry Drummond, the Scottish scientist-evangelist, first gave his famous inspirational lecture “The Greatest Thing in the World” in 1883 at a mission station in Central Africa. The Rev. Dwight L. Moody heard Drummond’s talk the following year and said he had “never heard anything so beautiful.” Based on the Bible’s “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13, the lecture has since become a classic.

Drummond studied for the ministry at the University of Edinburgh but graduated to become professor of natural science at the Free Church College in Glasow. His book Natural Law in the Spiritual World attained greater popularity than many novels of the periods. He traveled in England, America and Australia on both scientific and evangelistic missions.

The selections included in this volume from “The Greatest Thing in the World” and Drummond’s other lectures illustrate the spiritual timelessness of the message of love.




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