ALTERNATIVE TO FUTILITY by Elton Trueblood
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ALTERNATIVE TO FUTILITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This little book should be read and reread by all who are interested in a revitalized Christian life and practice. The author, a professor of philosophy at Earlham College is a Quaker and the influence of the Friends is strongly apparent throughout the book. However, so broad are the author's contacts and point of view that its message is pertinent to all evangelical Christians. Dr. Trueblood's thesis is that to escape the prevailing mood of despairing futility, something must be done to make people feel that there is significance to life and specifically to their lives. He proposes that this be accomplished by the formation of a redemptive society of individuals, bound together by the acceptance of commitment witness, fellowship, vocation and discipline as guiding principles. Much is made of the necessity of a voluntarily accepted discipline involving public worship, solitude, silence, social concern and austerity. The experiences of the Iona Community in Scotland and the Kirkridge fellowship in the United States and of the Friends' meetings are specifically drawn upon. If every Protestant minister would read this book and share it with ten of his members and if all would act upon the suggestions made in it, the Church could be revolutionized. Recommended very highly for Lenten reading and distribution.

Publisher: Harper