Where can man turn to discover those spiritual values which social experience has shown to contribute to human well-being?...

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THIS IS MY FAITH

Where can man turn to discover those spiritual values which social experience has shown to contribute to human well-being? The editor of this provocative volume has turned to 25 representative men in contemporary life, asking them to share their reasons for the faith that is in them. His goal is to (a) provide a challenge for re-thinking the foundations of human purpose and values today; (b) to assess the impact of the Jud-Christian religions, the world-view of modern science, the value-structure of democracy upon man in his search for a valid faith. To spark the response Dr. Cole asked a series of questions designed to ascertain what religious values should be emphasized in contemporary thought; in the light of modern science, what grounds are there for religious conviction about cosmic reality; do the human values of the democratic movement and personal moral character provide intrinsic elements of religious faith; are the supreme values from whatever source aspects of one spiritual reality; has the concept of ""God"" an essential purpose in the rationale of religion. Among those who responded were religionists, both orthodox and liberal, scientists, humanists, philosophers, naturalists and eclectics, and their diversity of thought and conviction leads to no common agreement on any of the questions posed. This is as might be expected. And the end result should be to challenge the readers to examine their response to the same issues.

Pub Date: March 14, 1956

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1956