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August 14, 1909

The Greatest Good of Mankind: Physical or Spiritual Life.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(7):586. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550070090027

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Abstract

This book is made up of alternate opposed views in regard to questions of sociology, religion, etc., by two supposed writers, Dr. Fact and the Reverend Faith. Dr. Fact, the materialist, critic of the Bible after Tom Paine, and opponent of prohibition, represents Dr. Wenzlick's sentiments, while the Reverend Faith is a severe specimen of the cloth and not at all such a lovable representative of religion as its friends would prefer to have speak in refutation of the scoffer's sophistries. This method of setting up a man of straw or arguing with a dummy is a convenient one because the disputant has in it altogether his own way. We very much doubt its effectiveness in argument, however. Dr. Wenzlick has evidently done a large amount of reading of the Scriptures, but in a very critical and hostile spirit, which would probably give offense to a large majority of the

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