THE MAGIC PEOPLE by Arland Ussher


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Subtitled this psycho-philosophical wrestling with the tragic evil of anti-Semitism is sure to attract attention, particularly from the ethnic groups mentioned. With none of the nervous pussy footing which characterizes Jewish and Christian religious leaders bound to please their followings yet bowing politely to the sacred religious beliefs of the other, the author takes a mighty breath and in a over rich, often style probes the ethnic, ethical reaches of the Jewish religion, the Western adaptation and later rejection of Jesus, ""the Wonder of the Magic People""; the anti-Christ hatred of the Christian which resulted in years of brutal persecution of the Jews; and that Christian urge to destroy the conscience, unconsciously symbolized for him in the Jew. Mr. Ussher wastes no time proving that anti-Semitism is wrong -- in a series of sword blows it is trod upon for the ugly evil it is: but there will be many who will find much to discuss in his often brilliant, often overly breezy analysis of Christian and Jewish character. However, in spite of inevitable clerical disquiet concerning the analysis, the author's chapters about the character of the Old Testament and the nature of Jesus, the young Messiah, contain many sensitive and lovely reflections. Neither Christians nor Jews should miss the experience of reading this stimulating book.

Pub Date: July 23rd, 1951
Publisher: Devin-Adair