This book is an important symposium of essays organized to give the reader insight and perspective on the contingencies and sufferings that it is the lot of man to endure, as reflected in the writings of Shakespeare, Milton, Pascal, Goethe, Kierkegaard, Dostoevski, Nietzsche, Hawthorne, Melville, Freud, Kafka and Faulkner. The contributors are well-known professors of philosophy, and religion, among them Edmond Charbonnier, Trinity College, Hartford, Roy Battenhouse, Indiana University, T.S.K. Scott-Craig, Dartmouth, Paul Holmes, University of Minnesota, Nathan Scott (editor), University of Chicago, John Smith, Yale University, Randall Stewart, Vanderbilt University. These writers, each in his own challenging way, sets forth the definition of what is radically distinctive in the witness that the Christian faith makes about the human predicament, but also the fact that the tragic sense of life is not alien to, or unassimilable to Christian vision. Addressed to the student community, this book should also appeal to all who have a serious interest in the conflict and contradiction of mankind that cries for understanding reconcilation.