HOW OUR RELIGION BEGAN by Edna M. Baxter

HOW OUR RELIGION BEGAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mrs. Baxter believes that by far the most thrilling approach to the Bible is to be found through tracing the development of religious ideas. She believes it clarifies obscurities, gives primitive concepts perspective and charts for us the depths and heights of the Hebrews. Primarily written for the teen age, 11 to 16, we feel it may well be sold to adults who want the story of their religion in simple, direct terms. There is nothing juvenile or condescending in the text. We liked the sound logic used in answering difficult questions, the way the reader is spurred on to further investigation and study, e.g., flood control, treatment of foreigners, etc. Each chapter is followed by an interesting questionnaire and for those using the book for class work there is a special teacher's copy containing suggestions for teaching the material and a bibliography. Illustrated with nice line drawings and a rather too sketchy map for endpapers. We'd like a map wherever necessary giving detail, e.g., the two kingdoms, the early world, Jesus' day, etc.

Publisher: Harper