Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1945 |

Brief Comment: The Annihilation of Man

The Annihilation of Man by Leslie Paul. Harcourt, Brace. $2.50. Of all diagnoses of our time those which postulate a Spiritual Crisis are the most dubious. The writer's own brand of spirituality is always the panacea. Of such diagnoses the most trite and tiresome is that which identifies the disease as Materialism and prescribes Religion as the cure. This last remark is not necessarily anti-religious. To be religious might be a good thing for a man but it does not solve political problems for him any more than it teaches him how to play the piano or mow the lawn. The religious envoi attached to modern books on politics is only wurlitzer music designed to drown dissent. At a time when educated men offer semantics, Basic English, poetry, Anglo-Catholicism, or ten feet of great books as the solution to social problems one should not be afraid to retort with a tremendous truism: Political problems demand political solutions. Leslie Paul's The Annihilation of Man is a recent

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