Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BSac 130:519 (Jul 73) p. 268
Special Section—”Second Thoughts About Man,” Time, Apr 2, 1973, p. 78.
This is an introductory statement to a four-part series that examines the “impending sense of change in the world of ideas.” Man’s understanding of himself, of the world he lives in, and of his relationship to that world and to what might be beyond it is being questioned and reexamined. “The current of ideological contestation runs through every field of thought,” but Time restricts discussion in the series to Behavior (another word for psychology), Religion, Education, and Science. This is a significant and stimulating analysis of contemporary cultural ferment.
I—”The Rediscovery of Human Nature,” Time, Apr 2, 1973, pp. 79-81.
Behaviorism and Freudianism, the dominant views in psychology and psychoanalysis for recent decades, are now being challenged. They still have their vocal and persuasive spokesmen, but new voices are insisting that man is more than the product of his heredity and his environment. A new emphasis is being placed on the existence of a will in man and on the individual’s active determination of the course of his life in an effort to find meaning. Humanistic confidence in the inevitable perfectibility of both man and society is being challenged by a realistic appraisal of man’s limitations. The biblical doctrine of human depravity has not gained psychological endorsement as yet, but the utopia-is-just-around-the-corner mood has vanished.
II—”Searching Again for the Sacred,” Time, Apr 9, 1973, pp. 90-93.
The dismissal of God from His world a decade ago has been replaced by a growing search, especially among the young, for the supernatural and a spiritual dimension to life. Thank God many are finding the answer in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the biblical revelation. But others are seeking satisfaction in the eastern religions such as Hinduism and
BSac 130:519 (Jul 73) p. 269
Buddhism and in the realm of the occult. Experience is the orientation of this new quest, but it can be wedded to a solid foundation of doctrinal content that will provide stability and endurance. The obvious dangers of disillusionment and even Satanic control of such emotion-centered religiosity is offset by the openness to the option of Jesus Christ as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
III—”What the Schools Cannot Do,” Time, Apr 16, 1973, pp. 78-80,85.
Public education as the instrument for achieving the American dream of social equality for all has been the “secular religion” of the past ce...
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