Book version of the documentary film which Lew Ayers has produced under this title, this is the verbal record of the...

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ALTARS OF THE EAST

Book version of the documentary film which Lew Ayers has produced under this title, this is the verbal record of the round-the-world tour he and his photographer took in exploring man's beliefs where they are typically represented. From State Shinto in Japan, through Buddhism, Confucianism, the Moslem world, and so on, this goes on to Judaism in Israel. The author, keenly observant, philosophically inclined, takes the reader on sight-seeing excursions; allows him to listen in on personal interviews; journeys with him through temples, towns, terrains unfamiliar to most, and comments on the people he meets, the customs, the countryside, against the background of a precis of history and an analysis of the religious beliefs of each area. From his own personal faith of ""non-organizational, non-sectarian neutrality"" he feels free to compare the similarities of the religions he has studied and photographed in observance en route. He does not lose sight of his cherished hope that increased knowledge of other faiths might open new avenues to permanent peace. He suggests that religion could set off the spark through an organization embracing all faiths, to be called ""World Congress of All Faiths"". Laymen may read this as a freshly slanted travelogue. Theologians may raise scholarly eyebrows at some of the glib history and blithe comparisons. Lew Ayres' name and his extraordinary personal history will provide a unique springboard. This should be used in both religious and travel book departments.

Pub Date: April 19, 1956

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956