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Intelligent UR. WEIGEL does not write

precisely at the popular level. but his treatment of "Seven Key Issues affecting Catholic-Protestant Understarding " is on a level which can be reached by the intelligent layman without any special theological training. Actually the sub-title of his book is not quite accurate since one important chapter is concerned with "The Role of the Orthodox Churches ". The writer's statement of the Catholic position in relation to our separated brethren is a fine combination of clarity and charity, and I would like to recommend it to anyone who has to enter into a dialogue with non-catholics on the subject of religion. It is today, more than at any other time, an obligation in charity for Catholics to be well-informed about such matters.

After such an enthusiastic recommendation it may seem rather

ungracious to criticise, but I do feel that the book could be improved by attention to some infelicities of style. It seems to me that the author makes rather an Aunt Sally of Scientific Exegesis; what does ' the gracious bounty of unearned giving " mean? (p.45); "quotidian operation " -what's wrong with daily? (p. 60): " prime sacrament " (p. 59)-1 thought the only legitimate use of prime in modern English was in relation to beef.




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