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June 1960

The Importance of Being Human.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(6):977. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270180155024

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I am aware of the importance of religion. I have never believed it possible to make a science of religion. Thus, for me, the idea of theology is a contradiction in terms, a great paradox. I had read laudatory reviews of Mascall's "The Importance of Being Human" and so opened the book with high anticipation. His ideas are set forth in serious and somber absoluteness. The subjectivity of religion and belief and the serious limitations of words to express them are illustrated in this book. Much of it I fail to understand, though I recognize the profound sincerity and devoutness of its author. Though this book may be extremely important to scholars in religion, physicians who want an introduction to Christian morals and ethics will find it tough going. No doubt some would be rewarded and many improved by reading the book, and perhaps everyone would be helped by taking

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