- Publisher: Folcroft Library Editions; Reprint edition (1 June 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0841458464
- ISBN-13: 978-0841458468
- Package Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3 cm
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Return to Religion Hardcover – Import, 1 Jun 1977
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Link was reared in an evangelical Methodist church but became an agnostic during his undergraduate years at a Methodist college. His “return to religion” was stimulated by a belief that being associated with a church was psychologically beneficial, as well as for other reasons that may strike 21st-century readers as odd. For instance, he said he attended church because he would rather lie in bed late on Sunday mornings, because going would please his parents and better influence his children, because he would have to greet people, “many of whom do not interest me in the least,” and because some of his best friends considered him a hypocrite for going. “I go, in short, because I hate to go and because I know that it will do me good.” (19)
In this brief work (which sold over 160,000 copies within two years of publication), Link opposes what he calls “introspection,” by which he means an overemphasis on bookishness and theoretical musings. He advocates participating in social life, perhaps by dancing or by playing bridge (one of his hobbies) rather than isolating oneself in solitary contemplation of serious books—including psychology, which he especially thought produced symptoms of “over-education.” (152) To find “the more abundant life,” Link recommended male patients join the CCC or even the Army. He took a dim view of New Deal liberals who believed that the federal government ought to provide for everyone’s material needs, and he argued that those who lacked emotional balance and who had failed to master their own social environments often became social workers who hastened to impose their own inferiority complex on society as a whole.
Much of the advice Link provides here is practical and sensible as well as politically conservative. Whether it has much to do with religion, I leave to the reader.
The paper were yellow..and crispy!!!!If I knew it's too old like this,it's rather to add some more dollars to get the new book...???
So from next time I never buy old books.Old DVD is o.k. because I bought old DVD and they are good to watch.This is a good experience with old books????Good night all.