This is a profound analysis of the crisis confronted by civilization in atomic age. Professor Meland delineates the nature of our crisis with stark He believes it possible that we face ""the utter end of this human venture as his has known it,"" and he nces no words in depicting the desperate plight in which find ourselves wherein it is altogether conceivable that human civilization may be destroyed by the forces of atomic energy which its scientists have Such a desperate situation calls for desperate counter-measurer. the church"" or ""re-emphasizing spiritual values"" will al of values in which and industry as well as participants. The alliance of science and industry in the over-reached itself and achieved a power which the human spirit cannot control. The whole standard of living with its emphasis upon things must be replaced with another standard of life which places first things first, and the first things are qualities of the mind, the heart and the spirit. Philosophers and theologians and clergymen will find this book especially valuable, but it is the laymen who must implement its findings and one is fearful that not too many of them will see the book or read it through, which is another commentary upon the bankruptcy of our cultural life. Selection by the Religious Book Club will help to that end.