STRUCTURES OF PREJUDICE by Carlyle Marney

STRUCTURES OF PREJUDICE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Behind this rather formidable title the reader will find an articulate and voluble assault upon a quartet of human weaknesses which the author was chosen to unmask with all the weapons in his verbal armory. These all too common failings are materialism (prejudgment of reality), provincialism (prejudgment of community), institutionalism (prejudgment of value), and individualism (prejudgment of personality). Christianity and the Church are also plagued and infected with these contemporary scourges of mankind, but Christians nonetheless know a better way, and if they are true to their calling, they will gird themselves for a new adventure of faith, one which can provide a better grasp of reality than materialism, can afford us a deeper view of community than our provincialism allows, a higher scale of value than uncriticized and unreconstructed institutionalism admits, and a nobler concern for personality than individualism can permit. ""We have light but lack courage. We have knowledge but lack the will."" Dr. Carlyle Marney, pastor of First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas, and TV personality, intends this book to help restore them both. It is an acute criticism of the deepseated failings of modern man, powerfully written but not as persuasive as it ought to be. However, students of what ails us may find this analysis suggestive.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1961
Publisher: Abingdon Press