March 1963

The Human Kingdom.

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By Hector J. Ritey, M.D. Price, $10. Pp. 498. University Publishers, Inc., 239 Park Ave. South, New York 3, 1962.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(3):309. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720090097014

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This book is an outgrowth of material originally presented as a series of lectures at the American Foundation for Religion and Psychiatry. It is an addition to the growing literature on this topic, but acceptance of the work is likely to be limited by the author's adherence to a religious philosophy characterized by pervasive dogmatism and shaded with a medieval coloration atypical for this genre. This is no apologia for religion nor an attempt to formulate painless compromises. Dr. Ritey sets forth his "tentative definition of God as a scientific hypothesis," declaring with certainty that "God is the law that binds matter and energy." His interpretation of sociological phenomena within this theological framework will alienate readers who favor naturalistic formulations.

Dr. Ritey is firm in his belief that Man has the ability to purge himself ultimately of his animalistic evolutionary past and to achieve a godly perfection in which ethical

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