The announcement that we are to have the exceptional good fortune to have Professor Felix Adler lecture in Sanders Theatre on Monday evening is by far the most welcome that we have seen in the calendar for a long time. The Philosophical Club is to be complimented and thanked for securing this eminent man whose influence is so widely felt throughout our country. The field of Professor Adler's work is better known and appreciated in New York where his excellent and beneficent labors have found the support and co-operation of some of the most intelligent people in the metropolis. It is now some years since Professor Adler started on the career in which he is now proving himself so excellent a thinker and so valuable a man. Himself, the son of a learned rabbi, Professor Adler, as a very young man became strongly affected with atheistic tendencies and undertook after a course of very serious and extensive studies to spread his doctrines through lecturing. Professor Adler has gathered about him a large congregation of eminently intelligent people in New York City. Whereas, it was his original ambition and aim to call into life a new religious order if atheists may properly be so called, the assembly that meets to hear him every Sunday morning in New York consists mainly of liberal people with distinctly agnostic tendencies whose chief interests are however centered on improvement of the social order.
Professor Adler has frequently been charged with harboring socialistic ideas, but those who hear him or read his works can only admire the sort of socialism which he advocates. Professor Adler's work is, however, by nomeans limited to theorizing and lecturing. His great merit is the practical system of charities and education of the poorer classes which he has established and successfully built up. Chicago, Philadelphia and numerous other cities have now Ethical Culture Societies which are vying with the New York society in the work they do. No man in America, it is safe to say, is more fitted to lecture on "Ethics and Culture" than Professor Adler and we strongly urge all serious men to take this opportunity of hearing him. He is an excellent speaker and the charm of his delivery helps impress the excellent thoughts he gives utterance to.