RELIGION AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY by Harold M.-Ed. Stahmer

RELIGION AND CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a collection of lively essays first given at Barnard College as the Danforth lectures. Starting off with a candid examination of the roots of the three major faiths, and their effect on American culture, (""Jewish Religious Thought"" by Arthur A. Cohen, ""Our Roman Catholic Heritage"" by Walter J. Ong, S.S. and ""Our Protestant Heritage"" by Wilhelm Pauck,) the various divisive elements are also duly and provocatively considered. Thus Reinhold Nibuhr, discussing the religious situation in America, would remind us of larger international obligations. Harry W. Jones, Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia, summarizes and interprets our constitutional heritage of Church-state relations. John Wicklein, of the New York Times, writes of President John Kennedy and the Catholic issue -- to date; and Robert Lekachman, economist, deals with the problems suggested by his title; Churches, Education and Politics"". Together, these essays make stimulating reading, and extend the serious dialogue now being conducted between things ""secular"" and matters ""religious"" in our contemporary world. Harold Stahmer is Professor of Religion at Barnard College and Columbia University. The volume makes good collateral reading for any who would seek to understand the direction of the currents and cross-currents which so directly affect his thinking and living.

Publisher: Macmillan