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There Must Be a New Song

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ISBN 9780674492943

Publication Date: 01/01/1942

143 pages

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Faced with the chaos of our time, one of the most inspiring and thoughtful of contemporary writers has in this little volume set down certain fundamental convictions to which every believer in a better world must cling: that the individual possesses unending influence; that the first virtue in life is aliveness, and the one unpardonable sin is to have life and yet not live; that we must develop sensitivity to life in others; that the life process in free men is unselfish; and finally that, along with our aliveness, our sensitivity to others, and our recognition of the naturalness of the unselfish life, we must have the elementary clairvoyance to see that man’s mind is equal to man’s problems.

From this truly liberal point of view, Rollo Brown examines the American scene and unerringly puts his finger on the things we ought not to have done as well as the things we ought to have done: our neglect of the boundless possibilities of youth, our wasteful disregard of the matured experience of age, the failure of the church to live up to its divine possibilities. Here is, indeed, a new prophet—a man on fire with the vision of human life as it can be, and as it must be in any world worth fighting for. And like all true prophecy, his book is an invigorating call to confident action and subsequent victory.

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