should be the kind of genuinenlove which seeks to understandneven those human endeavors itncannot fully endorse. Consequently,nbelievers as well asnscholars should find much ofnvalue in Eerdmans’ Handbooknto the World’s Religions.nThough brevity does requirensimpliGcation and selection andnthough the ideological orientationnof contributors seems suspectnwhen they hail the “liberationntheology” as a promisingnnew development and glibly endorsenthe World Council ofnChurches’ efforts on behalf ofn”oppressed peoples,” this volumenis a good introduction tonmost of the world’s various religions—primalnand sophisticated,ncommunal and solitary,nextinct and living. Western andnEastern. It is compact, well organized,nfully illustrated and indexed,nand includes a helpfuln”Rapid Fact-finder” for quicknreference. The reader will discernnevidence of the 50 contributors’navowed “Christian concern”n; however, all of the writersngenuinely strive to be evenhanded,naccurate, and even respectfulnin their assessment ofnnon-Christian faiths. Their intent,nas one contributor explains,nis to “fill out and underlinenand tell in a new vocabularyntheglory of God.”nThe glory of God is soundednin many distinctively Americannvocabularies—Christian andnDeist, Utopian and antinomian.n40inChronicles of CulturenPentecostal and rational—innEdwin S. Graustad’s DocumentarynHistory of Religion innAmerica. To be sure, it is no unifiednchurch choir the readernhears: Northern Presbyteriannabolitionists rage against SouthernnPresbyterian slaveholders;nPuritans expel and publiclynwhip Baptists; Christian whitesnslaughter and remove to reservationsnpagan Amerindians; monogamousnProtestants martyrnpolygamous Mormons and driventheir church west. Nevertheless,ndespite these tensions, blotches,nironies, and inhumanities, thisncollection of 200 documents—nletters, sermons, proclamations,nnarratives—is united by a persistentnand unmistakably sincerendevotion to God among Ameri­nWASTE OF MONEYnParadise Regained?nRobert Muller: New Genesis:nShaping a Global Spirituality;nDoubleday; New York.nTradition assigns authorshipnof the first book in the Judeo-nChristian canon to Moses; mostnmodern scholars disagree, variouslynassigning pans of it to two,nfour, or even more postulatednwriters. Whoever wrote it. Genesis’snaccount of man’s beginningsnhas captured the imaginationnof readers for centuries.nEven many who do not acceptnScripture literally concede thatnman’s origin does seem rathernmiraculous and that somethingnlike the Fall must be invoked tonexplain man’s endless strugglenwith evil and death and his consequentnalienation from self,nnature, and God. Robert Muller,nwho describes himself as “angood Catholic” and says that henbelieves in “the wise preceptsncans in general and by a profoundnconfidence in America asnthe land where that devotionnmay best flourish.nThe freedom of individualsnand communities in worshipingnGod as they will is still vouchsafednin America, but one rathernfears that when Gaustad publishesnhis second volume concerningnreligious beliefs sincenthe Civil War it will do less tonsubstantiate Eerdmans’s optimisticnbelief that “Christianity isnmore deeply rooted… than it ornany religion has ever been” thannit will to echo the pessimisticnquestion concerning the longevitynof faith posed by JesusnHimself: “When the Son ofnMan comes, will He find faith onnthe earth? “(BC) Dnand divine commandments ofnthe Bible,” nevertheless feelsnthat the sacred text should benrevised to create “a Bible whichnwould show how the United Nationsnis a modern biblical institution.”nAccordingly, Mullernwants to replace the chronicle ofna fallible Adam and Eve cast outnof Eden into a world of briars,ndecay, sin, and suffering withnhis New Genesis, “a proclamationnof faith” in the inevitablentriumph of the glorious “new,ntranscended species” of supermennwho joyfully recognize innthe United Nations the incipientncreation of a New Eden fulfillingnall that “the great prophets, visionaries,nphilosophers, andnhumanists had been dreamingnof.” No need to worry about anynSerpent in this paradise: then”ever ascending course” of evolutionnis now inexorably transformingnall men into marvel-nnnously loving creatures like UnThant and Dag Hammarskjbld.nWith all other noxious thistlesnand weeds, violent aggression,npornography, repressive secretnpolice, racism, terrorism, greed,nand hatred will shortly be leftnoutside the adamantine walls ofnan idyllic world state. Very soon,nthe New Adam may simplynreach out and pick spontaneouslyngrowing rights—the rightnto material well-being, the rightnto peace, the right to self-determination,nthe right to education.nEnforcement of thesenrights will be guaranteed by annall-powerful and all-beneficentnU.N. and will be quite simplensince the whole human race (including,none must assume,nArafat and Andropov) is waxingnever more enthusiastic about allnU.N. recommendations.nAny sensible reader who hasnwitnessed the irreducible rancornand stupidity manifest in mostnU.N. debates will soon concludenthat MuUer’s worshipful adorationnof “the glass house on thenEast River of New York City” asnthe key to “the protection, survivalnand fulfillment of thenhuman race on planet Earth”nmanifests a delirious mind, notnintellectual insight. Biblenreaders will not be surprised: thenold Genesis records that anprevious attempt to gain accessnto heaven for mortals by erectingnan international tower likewisenproduced incoherent babble.n(BC) DnBox OfficenBitternessnErnest Lehman: ScreeningnSickness and Other Tales ofnTinsel Town; Perigee Books; NewnYork.nIn Gulliver’s third voyagenthere is an encounter with anbreed called the Struldbruggs.n