Dean of Religion at Princeton University since 1928, Dr. Wicks has had ample opportunity to know the kind of questions which...

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WHAT IS A MAN?

Dean of Religion at Princeton University since 1928, Dr. Wicks has had ample opportunity to know the kind of questions which young people want answered in their search for a satisfying philosophy of life. The point of departure of this book was an observation made to the author by a returned soldier: ""The trouble with me is, I don't know what I am doing or what I am for,"" and the title derives from these lines of Hamlet; ""What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more?"" The book has five parts; entitled: Our Awareness of Mystery, Our Two Futures (in this world and beyond), Our Final Dependence, Our Entanglement in Necessities, Our Habit of Self-Defeat, Our Continuous Conversion. Under each of these headings some twenty or thirty questions are posed and answered in a paragraph or two. Dean Wicks has acquired the ability to state eternal verities with a fresh and unhackneyed vocabulary, so that the while he is preaching he does not sound like a preacher. Young people and others not so young who are seeking some other answers to life's problems than frustration and disillusionment will be helped in their search by this product of a life time of work with students.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1947