FOLLOW ME: BE HUMAN by George H. Sallaway


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Generically, Father Sallaway's book is a biography of Christ; specifically it is a biography of the human Christ, the Christ who, when he said ""follow me,"" meant that he, in his total humanity, was the paradigm of human Christianity. The author's thesis is that Christ is most easily approached and most easily imitated in his humanity, and that we must learn to know him as a human, as a friend, in order to know and love him as the Savior. On the basis of that belief, Sallaway offers a ""human"" interpretation of the life of Christ, from his birth and infancy through the resurrection. The demonstration of the thesis depends more on the author's presentation than upon the essential truth being presented and, within that context, it is evident that Father Sallaway, however sound his opinions, fails adequately to convey the humanity of Christ. His narrative is filled with the sort of pious preciosity that was in fashion a generation ago; his style is coy and alternately overly rhetorical and incomprehensibly simplistic; and finally, and unforgivably, he swallows whole and then re-presents the entire gospel story as literal fact, failing to distinguish now-acknowledged myth and symbolism from historical fact. Despite, therefore, the soundness of the author's premise and the undoubted need for a book on the subject, Follow Me can hardly be recommended to any reader who has been touched, however remotely, by the scholarly, spiritual, and literary revolutions of the past twenty years.

Pub Date: June 15th, 1966
Publisher: Helicon