One of modern man’s specialties is modern man! Never before in history has man been more adept at self-analysis or better equipped to look deep within his own predicament than at the present. Man in the nuclear age is painfully, agonizingly aware that something is wrong with him. He is nervous. He is afraid. On the one hand he is the slave to schedule, on the other, he is bored and lonely in his leisure.
Our playwrights by the dozens, our poets, novelists, philosophers and artists, our sociologists and our psychologists, no less than our men of religion, have been fairly screaming the weaknesses of modern man. Evidence is piled on top of evidence that man is sick. So exhaustive have been our analyses that even our symptoms have symptoms and our analysts rush to consult their analysts. But what is really wrong with modern man? Who knows?
Our difficulty seems to be that, while most of our analysts can describe our symptoms with great accuracy and even lay bare many of our basic ills, few of them indeed can provide us any clear understanding of the way out. In fact, many of them would feel that to suggest the cure would be to dull our understanding of the malady itself.
It is right at this point that the Bible jumps down off its shelf, dusts itself off and strikes back hard. No! shouts the Bible, the way out does not obscure the malady. Precisely the opposite! It is only as we know the cure that we are able to face up to and deal realistically with our sickness. Our malady, says the Bible, like a cancer in the vital organs, is so deep and threatening that it cannot be known for what it really is without some knowledge of its cure. Unaided man can no more understand, accept or cure his illness than an insane man can handle his ...1
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