Religion: A Child's Forest of Religion

Comparative religion, heretofore reserved for grownups, was last week finally dished up for children too. The Tree of Life (edited by Ruth Smith, Viking, $3.50) gives young folks the frequently hard-to-digest riches of 13 theologies, shows how the religious tree from primitive acorns grew and how its living & dead branches intertwine.

In this 457-page forest of quotations, no child's eye will readily find the Tree. To follow even the simple counterpoint the book makes on the theme of the world's creation would take a well-annotated score. From the Norse "Erst was the age when nothing was; Nor sand nor sea"...

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