ECUMENISM OR NEW REFORMATION? by Thomas Molnar

ECUMENISM OR NEW REFORMATION?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It is not often that a lover of the old ways of theology can find either the courage or the forum to express his views. Molnar is the exception. From the pedestal provided by his earlier Decline of the Intellectual, he makes no bones about stigmatizing representatives of the New Theology as ""Protestantizers"" and their ideas as, alternately, a series of conceptual and sexual phantasmata, He has little use for ""dialogues""--whether they be with the Protestants, the World, the Communists, or, one may believe, with anything or any group that had its origins later than the fifteenth century. Along with the perennial Red Menace (one reads between the lines of this book), there exists a Black (Protestant) Menace which intends the destruction of the ultimate refuge of revealed Truth, the Roman Catholic Church as it existed prior to Vatican II. Happily, Molnar concludes, the Church will endure forever, while the angry young men are destined to pass away. Then, one supposes, brotherhood will reign again--as it did before Pope John's time. The conservatives will find strength and conviction in this book. The progressives will find it amusing.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1968
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls