DIVORCE, THE CHURCH AND REMARRIAGE by Jr. Smeraon James G.

DIVORCE, THE CHURCH AND REMARRIAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

No Church believes in divorce and every Church must reckon with the fact that divorce exists. Out of thin dilemma, James Emerson has written a survey book whichendeavors to get at the heart of the problem. The author in interested in much more than the confusion of law which presently exists in the various Churches, or the curious modes of administration of current . Rather, he deals with such problems as the possibility of remarriage within a Christian context, the Christian concept of time, and the relation of realized forgiveness to the operation of canonical procedures. Mr. Emerson writes from a Presbyterian background, but he has carefully explored the Roman, Anglican and Lutheran traditions as well. Since he has written a very readable book, we may hope that more than preachers buy it. Indeed, this should be almost required reading for any layman in a Protestant Church who may go to a Convention, Assembly, Meeting or other communication where there will be discussion and legislation dealing with the marriage of persons whose first attempt at matrimony was a failure. We may note, parenthetically, that not all Mr. Emerson's assumptions and conclusions are undebatable, but we can also point out the relative scarcity of books covering this poignant area of Christian life, and be grateful for this thought-provoking endeavor.

Publisher: Westminster