Twenty-eight collaborators have produced under the editorship of Vergilius Form a volume which is designed to be ""a...

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RELIGION IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Twenty-eight collaborators have produced under the editorship of Vergilius Form a volume which is designed to be ""a cross-section of the more historic living religions which have come down from a long past, together with those younger in age which are thriving healthfully in our day, and an appraisal of these religions in terms of our times."" Each collaborator deals with the religion he professes or is most familiar with. The authors are not in every case top-ranking exponents of their faith and the chapters, are therefore, of uneven quality. The volume is unique in that it set only deals with the great historic religions, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and the rest, but with differing ideologies within each group. Thus there are separate chapters on conservative Protestantism and liberal Protestantism, and on conservative Judaism, reform Judaism and reconstructionism. Most interesting are the chapters on the Salvation Army, Christian Science and Jehovah's Witnesses. This may be recommended more as a reference book for those interested in religion than for the serious student of comparative religion. The editor's own point of view is frankly stated in the preface, but does not in any way color the presentations made of the various faiths, and of their distinctive beliefs and practices.

Pub Date: March 10, 1948

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Publisher: Philosophical Library

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1948