CHRISTENDOM REVISITED by John A. Gates

CHRISTENDOM REVISITED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Acknowledging that this book is to be an ""essay in unfairness"" giving a ""one-sided presentation of the situation of Protestant Churches"" in the United States, the author undertakes a ""Kierkegaardian View"" of the American churches, finding them guilty of a ""vast and ignorant complacency"". He sees parallels between the situation of the Danish State Church which Kierkegaard attacked and the acculturation of the modern American Protestant Church, and he emphasizes his distress over this situation with an ample use of adverbs and strong adjectives. His method of development employs frequent and generous quotation from Kierkegaard's criticisms of the church of his time as being pertinent to the American scene. Reliance on statistics, the hypocrisy of ministers, the childishness of lay religion, public worship as sham, all come under his censure, and Christianity as ""offense"", as a faith for the individual, is reaffirmed. The continuous renewal of the Church is imperative if the Church is to be saved. The criticisms levied upon the Church here are not set forth for the first time, and it may be doubted whether Kierkogaard provides the best vehicle for advancing them again.

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 1963
Publisher: Westminster