A Communication -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Westminster Theological Journal
Volume: WTJ 23:2 (May 1961)
Article: A Communication
Author: Anonymous

A Communication

The following has been received by the Editor with reference to the article “Literature and Criticism” by Harvie M. Conn which appeared in the issue for November 1960:

In his wittily sarcastic summary of my article in Christianity Today (Feb 16, 1959), Mr. Conn grossly misinterpreted my viewpoint. I said that the general reader might rely on critics in order to find out which “contemporary books are commonly recognized as works of art”. I did not advocate dependence on a natural-minded critic for ultimate value judgments, for trying to “see the work as God sees it”, to use Mr. Conn’s excellent phrase. I advocated the use of worldly critics only to show what the world considers worthy, and I thought that I guarded sufficiently against misconception by a qualifying paragraph which Mr. Conn did not seem to notice.

Virginia R. Mollenkott
Shelton College

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