PRIMER FOR THE PERPLEXED by Alson J. Smith

PRIMER FOR THE PERPLEXED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A working faith for an age of anxiety"" is what this book offers to those who not only don't know the answers to life's persistent questions, but who often don't know even what questions to ask. Whether the perplexed reader will find what he seeks here depends on the nature of his exposure to the turbulence of contemporary faith and culture. Mr. Alson J. Smith, a retired Methodist clergyman, believes that a strong, humanistic faith in God and Jesus, the great exemplar, will go a long way in keeping a man's feet on the right path, and he shows that there are cogent reasons why a man should follow Jesus, refuse the evil, believe in survival after death, engage in prayer, go to church, and prefer religion to psychiatry, and there are many who will doubtless be glad to have the old, if not familiar arguments spelled out for him. But others will miss a strong, divine dynamic which raises a man to the heights because it stirs him to the depths. There is a deeper and more saving union between man and God than is revealed by the repeated statement that God is in man and man in God. A new age demands a fresher grip on things eternal than is suggested here. New ground is being broken these days which is more inviting to men with 20th century perplexities. Also, much of the suggested collateral reading is more than a little ""dated"".

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1962
Publisher: John Day