This is a very readable book. Its The title and table of a chapters on ""Magic-making"", ""Animal ""Summarians."" Egyptisms,...


This is a very readable book. Its The title and table of a chapters on ""Magic-making"", ""Animal ""Summarians."" Egyptisms, ""Christians,"" ""Muslims,"" ""Hindus,"" to suppose this to be an ordinary ""history of religions"" kind of book. As the author states in the preface, this book was to tell a twelve-year-old boy the story of the beginnings of the to the world. But as the author with the subject, a questions for which she has no answer, found customs and beliefs for preplantation. The book as finally produced is the result of many for the and explanations. It is the story of an mind's so in all great religion and an interpert of the The author did not come out of the experiments a believer is any that she began the study as a and that they her selective her interpretation was determined by her . In any ever of the matter for her is that all religions are sub-, that in age making should be brave enough and the true enough ""to live as if and ""to find his virtus by fear."" And yet the author even in the modern world, that ""worship in the possibilities and some time gratitude,"" and that ethics take the forms of a is life giving according to the law of the universe."" She has no yearning for the values of the great religions, that ""I the religion fore so that they are still in "" No adherent of any religion would agree with the author with many of har interpretations of the of mankind. But gives challenged and stimulated should they have the to so frankly critical of many of the preposition and porost in the world.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1945