Is Christianity Practicable?William Adams Brown

1917 The Biblical World  
How can a cause that is all evil produce such abundant good? The comforting assurance is that the time will come when man, thus revealed in the full light of his tremendous energies for good and evil, will mobilize his strength for the conquest of moral and spiritual evil, finding the higher equivalent for fratricidal conflict. The note in the book which commands us is its prophetic sternness and profound insight. Young men ought to hear this modern voice crying in the wilderness of
more » ... ness of preparedness leagues and programs of militarism. William Newton Clarke. A Biography, with Additional Sketches by His Friends and Colleagues. New York: Scribner, 1916. Pp. Viii+262. $2.00. The author (Mrs. Clarke, evidently) tells how a great amount of personal manuscript connected with Dr. Clarke's life and work was destroyed in I9Io because he "did not intend to leave behind him data of any kind which might one day be exploited material for a biography." Over half of the present volume has been used for a sketch of Dr. Clarke's life. This affords a pleasant and fairly satisfactory impression of the main incidents in his useful career. In view of the strong autobiographical element in Dr. Clarke's Sixty Years wit/h the Bible, a study of the genesis and growth of his theological judgments is not so necessary as it would otherwise have been. We feel, however, that the biographical section of this book might have been handled with a stronger grasp. Personal appreciations and recollections are interesting to kinsmen and acquaintances; but they are occasionally repetitious, and even a skilful editor cannot produce a unified impression out of such material. One of the most revealing memorials is from Dr. Harry E. Fosdick (pp. 117-19). Clear and beautiful as is the impression left by this gracious treatment of Dr. Clarke's significant career and character, we cannot avoid regret that the same number of pages could not have been used in the publication of a more adequate biography. William Newton Clarke's contribution to American thought was too significant to be finally portrayed by even so affectionate but incomplete a volume as this. There is a portrait of Dr. Clarke as a frontispiece, and the index is excellent. Rest Days-A Study in Early Law and Morality. By Hutton Webster. New York: Macmillan, I916. Pp. xiv+325. $3.00. This volume presents the same characteristics as a previous book of Webster; it embodies wide reading now expected of ethnologists. This content downloaded from 138.073.
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