Religion: J.B. v. Job

Ever since Poet Archibald MacLeish's version of the Biblical Book of Job, the verse-play J.B., opened on Broadway last December (TIME, Dec. 22), viewers and reviewers have been choosing up sides to attack and defend MacLeish's Biblicism or lack of it, his humanism or his sentimentality.

"Incredible" Job. The Christian Century's drama critic, the Rev. Tom F. Driver, who also teaches Practical Theology at Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary, criticized MacLeish for making his play a non sequitur by jumping down from the theological discussion between God and Satan to dwell upon J.B.'s purely human sufferings.

In a later issue of the Century,...

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