A BOOK REVIEW
By Winifred Scutt, The Christopher Publishing House, I 140
Columbus Avenue, Boston 20, Massachusetts. 256 pp., $3.50.
This is \ patterned tapestry of history
and prophecy woven of poetry,
prose, and musical accompaniment, orchestrated in such a manner that the
reader finds his moods following the
author's intent with no noticeable efforl
to do so.
What is God?
Why is the world?
From whence cometh law and order?
Who planned billions oi stars
Related we know not how . . .
Each an individual universe in itself?
Why does a -tar
Hurst it- shell?
Who made the gas
That made the nehula
That made the stars?
So opens Tomorrow in which Miss
Winifred ScuH outlines America's
Christian heritage, from the Old Testament, through the prophecies preceding
the birth and life of Christ, the latter
mad'- up of short prose stories of a
clear and simple beauty. Continuing
through "The Birth of Christianity in
Europe," and "Thr History of Christianity in \merica," the stage of our Vmerican heritage which forms the background for Tomorrow is set.
\merica was founded on the golden rule.
It was written in
The Declaration of Independence
And the Constitution.
Nor was it the subject and the predicate
Of the Golden Rule
That built this golden world.
It was the power of love
That came from Christ to man
And man to ' Christ
Greater than any chemical process
Discovered or undiscovered.
The power thai drives millions
To material happiness—and further
Into the unknown vistas
Of eternity ....
Far away upon the shores of Europe
In land where opportunities still bound
Ry ancient chains lay dormant
Man heard of education
And the chance of a poor man to rise
\ml -ii they came in millions
Swarmed like ants to honey
To partake of opportunities
Which were the fruit
Of the Golden Rule
Planted by the first Americans.
Sn came Em o
\nd ate and drank
From Pilgrim's hoard.
Frnm a dissatisfied Europe ....
Never before in the history of the world
Did the average citizen enjoy so much
Of this world's goods
Nor such diversity of entertainment
For his leisure hours.
The voice of God is indicated throughout Miss Scutt's word painting by the
use of 2.") bass voices. Sal.in. too. is in
the cast, characterized hy a rasping
voice, always accompanied by the
sounds of the jungle in the background.
When I destroy
Christ's techniques of love
The nation will be destroyed.
I will put him out of the schools.
I will infiltrate into the churches
Until a thousand churches deny
His divinity. . . .
The Christian home
Ts responsible for American success.
It must go.
\sks the Statue of Liberty:
How much time do they get to think?
—to read? Vsk them why they do not
spend one small ratio of the day in prayer
for understanding and power. . . ."and they
have im time.M
I who stand with my head among the
suns and stars, my feet upon an island
bathed by the waves of the sea, a-k you
where is liberty?...
Eighteen million immigrants have passed
beneath the portals of .Vmerica at the harbor at mv feet. "Give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to
breathe free, the wretched refuse of your
teeming shore. Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside
the golden door."
Bringing us closer to the presenl and
outlining the mistakes which threw
\merica into two major world conflicts.
Miss Scutt, in the section entitled
"Thou shalt not covet"
\re words unknown te Europe.
In these words are the
Fundamental stuff of peace.
Europe a historj ol bloodshed
< ame because
Shi Minded herself to this truth
War blasted, and more war,
Until Vmerica drew forth its armor
And wenl forth to intervene,
And lost it- wave of youth
Nnt once but twice ....
O star spangled banner
Long may it wave
(Per Vmerican soldiers
\\ ho march forth to save
\\ herever the) be
That none mav destroy
The land of the free ....
Vdam has put his hand
To the bough
Of the secrets of (rod
And plucked him an apple
< Called atomic energy ....
Nor is th*' battle ended!
With two weapons
I shall conquer the world,
Japan shall succumb.
And last . . . .America:
One weapon—atomic energy;
The other infiltration
Of dishonesty and fear and greed,
Fascination of novelty ....
Vmei ica has a great • Christian
Whn started a new stronghold
(it * Christianity in Japan
Giving a conquered country
New dignity In thc world.
He called for missionaries:
They sent 174 < Catholic priests
fVnd a handful of Protestant missionaries.
He called for Bibles:
lie received . ■ . some ....
The name- of greal nun
Vre writ in
Fearlessness For ' Christ.
\\ ashington did not hesitate
To write Ins signature
On the Declaration of Independence
For fear of displeasing Britain.
Greal Christians know what they want
And all the powers of hell
Before their determination.
Satan occupies the limelight in the
prose section entitled "Intrigue:"
Huddled in the dark wen- two figures;
one had horns and a forked tail, yet was
the figure of a man ... the second
wrapped in darkness ... eagerly questioning his teacher. Down below them
lay a country, so distant that it seemed
to be a map. Its outline was familiar . ..
The huddled figure spoke: "Psychologically, bow would one go about disrupting
The answer came, nasal and strong:
"The road from animal to man is not so
long; herd them back to the animal."
Again spoke the man: "What has man
that an animal has not?"
Satan crossed his legs and flicked his
tail. "Purpose," he said, "idealism, intelligence . . . mental attitudes."
Swift came the question: "How does
one influence a mental attitude?"
The answer was sharp and sure: "In
idealism, tear down their religious defense. In intellect, confuse them. In ef- ,
fort, flatter half-finished products. In
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