The op art-flop art jackets and provocative titles of many new books almost make one believe he can judge a book by its cover these days. But the unpredictability of the content of religious books restrains us from making bold predictions about the value of the volumes scheduled for publication this spring. This list of new titles does suggest, however, the concerns that seem uppermost in the minds of Christians who use the printed word to advance the kingdom of God. Two topics that have generated much heat in the past year are destined to receive still more fuel in forthcoming volumes: the relationship of the Gospel to contemporary man and society, and the mission of the Church.
The churches’ growing concern with the social and political scene is shown in new titles dealing with Communism, the race question, poverty, the draft, the sex revolution, and the place of the Church in modern society. The debate on Christian ethics shows no sign of subsiding as James A. Pike, Joseph Fletcher, David Redding, Z. B. Green, T. B. Maston, and E. L. Long offer further contributions on moralities, new and old. Some ten new volumes address the problem of revitalizing the Church so that it will be capable of communicating the Gospel in our difficult day.
Readers who desire to keep up with Christendom’s leading thinkers will find new works or newly published titles by such luminaries as C. S. Lewis, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Gerhard Kittel, Joachim Jeremias, Kenneth Scott Latourette, J. B. Phillips, Frank C. Laubach, and Pope John XXIII. Since more and more important books are appearing in paperback editions, this forecast will list paperbacks (labeled P) along with hard-cover volumes in appropriate categories.
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