Fall 1954 • Vol. XVI No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1954 |

Eros Cross-Examined

Eros and Agape by Anders Nygren. Translated by Philip S. Watson. Westminster Press. $7.00. For several generations the Swedish Church (Lutheran) has had the genial custom of making its ablest intellectuals Bishops after a period of service in the universities. The Church of England employed its intellectuals similarly from time to time, as when Mandell Creighton, the historian of the papacy, was appointed Bishop of London, and the leadership of the English Catholic Church during the 19th Century was remarkably intellectual. In the American churches and denominations, the ambition is generally reversed; it is the despair and hope of almost every Protestant intellectual after his experience of congregational life to return to a university, if not as theologian at least as college chaplain. But in Sweden, religious intellectuals have received sturdy and generous institutional encouragement. From their professorships at the University of Uppsala at the beginning of the century came

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