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“A technical age is a new thing in history. Inevitably it will change the shape and dimension of faith.” Taken together the twelve essays in this volume present a provocative and refreshingly humane approach to the problem of incorporating a vital religion in a technical culture and to the equally pressing need for training men in the kind of ministry that will help people find their spiritual balance in a world where many of the old supporting certainties have been undermined.
Samuel H. Miller begins with the assumption that a radical revolution in Western culture has altered both the habits of thought and the patterns of action for modern man. He then discusses the significance of the tremendous gap between the satisfactions and motivations of traditional religion and the present dynamics of life that seems quite suddenly to have rendered obsolete the entire religious institution and its ministry. The reaffirmation of religious values, the author believes, can only be accomplished by developing large and bold new syntheses of truth, new symbolic structures, which will encompass science, art, and religion without compromising their distinctive roles.