THE NOISE OF SOLEMN ASSEMBLIES by Peter L. Berger

THE NOISE OF SOLEMN ASSEMBLIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Basic in the author's argument for a more effective Christianity is that a true Christian waits for a risen Christ and not for a perfect society. Mr. Berger is an iconoclast on a rampage among the idols of present day institutionalized religion. Howbeit, he is a logical iconoclast and constructive. He writes well and annotates fully. While tearing down established religion's politics, bureaucracy and obeisance to our social system, the author acknowledges that the church's historical and liturgical framework should not be entirely abolished. Within the community there should be a supra-parish. This would rise above the political maneuverings of individual congregations. This supra-parish must have ""a lack of principle and a lack of mythology"". In so doing it will follow Christ by minimizing principle and emphasizing the individual person. Protestants generally are not likely to be prodded by this essay into a more realistic and effective faith, but there may well be some who will welcome, for their soul's health, a criticism so keen and often devastating as this.

Publisher: Doubleday