THE SEARCH FOR MEANINGFUL EXISTENCE by Charles B. Ketcham

THE SEARCH FOR MEANINGFUL EXISTENCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fourth-generation Methodist minister and Professor of Religion at Allegheny College, Dr. Ketcham outlines our present difficulties in the technological era in achieving a meaningful existence. We have lost contact with our fellow men, lost a sense of transcendence, lost continuity, values, eventfulness, meaning. Amidst the affluence of our technological society, we stand in spiritual rags. Dr. Ketcham projects a New Humanism ""telling the Age of Anxiety to drop dead,"" based on the philosophies of Heidegger (isness, or Being) and Duber (I-Thou). He explores these philosophies, the new arts for what they have to say of pertinence. The New Humanism proceeds from authenticity, freedom, affirmation. It is a search for new directions, not a repudiation of directions. Dr. Ketcham touches on the New Motality, democracy, sees the humanist revolution in the arts, in philosophy and in religion as an expression of man's authenticity. A humanist approach, which leaves room for faith, synthesized and directed at a non-denominational readership.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1968
Publisher: Weybright & Talley