MAN AND GOD IN THE CITY by Kenneth D. Miller

MAN AND GOD IN THE CITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a book directed to the layman almost more than the minister, so rates double entry. A challenge to our smug acceptance of the function of our churches as caring for the souls within their folds. A demand that we take stock of the human balance, not the material, in our American civilization -- and of our churches' responsibility, wherever they are -- in city, in suburb in industrial or slum areas -- to do more than preach. Only in so far as the members of the congregation back and aid the battle for Protestantism can the ministers expand the work of the churches beyond the confines of evangelism and worship, and make the churches stand for nourishment of the mind, the spirit, the imagination. Too often there is confusion of means with ends. Our anxiety- ridden age demands greater emphasis on personal counseling, which in turn is time consuming for the overworked pastors. The laity must shoulder more responsibility. While Dr. Miller succinctly documents some of the inspiring work done by the churches, the sum total, compared to the needs, is pitiful. Quantitatively, he tells us, Protestantism is growing, but still is outdistanced by Catholicism and secularism. The needs are more friendliness, creation of a program at grips with life, lowered barriers of exclusion, knowledge of the areas where the needs lie. He gives some concrete examples of ways in which these goals can be- are being- reached. But warns that danger lies in emphasis on organization and strategy, forgetful of the chief concern, to make God real. A small book, but one that should be brought to thoughtful attention of many readers.

Pub Date: April 26th, 1954
Publisher: Friendship Press