Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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The Revolt Against God. By Rufus Washington Weaver, D.D., LL.D. Fleming H. Revell Co. 243 pp. $2.50.
Because of the important positions he has held in the civil, educational, and religious life of our country, and by his own educational background, Dr. Weaver is abundantly prepared to discuss this great theme. With reference to this volume, the publishers declare, “The result of many years of study and research in the concerted and continued attack by pagan cultures and philosophies on belief in God, which seeks to enslave the world’s population in a Fascist system which makes the State supreme. A documented historical interpretation of the various New Orders which erect man himself into deity and openly avow their purpose to eradicate the idea of God. It demonstrates beyond doubt the principle of continuity in this evil and portentous phenomenon, and shows that we are now witnessing the sixth major conflict-the most dreadful of all-between Christianity and such philosophies. A necessary book for all ministers, laymen, and students who would inform themselves regarding a conspicuous danger of the hour.”
In developing this thesis, Dr. Weaver traces this attack as it has appeared from every angle. The following chapter headings are revealing, “The Religious Scene Previous to the World War for Human Freedom”; “The Blitzkrieg against God”; “The Mind of Christ”; “The Apostolic Mind”; “The Judaizing Mind”; “The Gentile Mind”; “The Hellenistic Mind”; “The Theological Mind”; “The Roman Mind”; “The Sacerdotal Mind”; “The Ecclesiastical Mind”; “The Mystical Mind”; “The Protestant Mind”; “The Nationalistic Mind”; “The Emancipating Mind”; “The Denominational Mind”; “The Scientific Mind”; “Modern Science and the Christian God”; “The Temptation and the Fall of Modern Nations”; “The Mind of Contemporary Christianity and the Future of the World.”
These chapters deal with their subjects from the standpoint of a modern scholar. Though they do not always
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conform to the mold of orthodox doctrine, they are thought-creating and reveal exceptional wisdom respecting world conditions. His definition of a Christian confirms this criticism as to doctrine. In place of Paul’s word, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them,” Dr. Weaver writes, “A Christian is one who by his own personal choice is engaged in the culture of the consciousness of Christ. The goal of his endeavors is to reproduce the mind of Christ, so that his outlook upon life may be in harmony with that of Jesus” (p. 13).
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