Religion: Christianity as Culture

What ails Western civilization? No patient has been thumped and stethoscoped, X-rayed and blood-tested by so many eager diagnosticians. The latest to undertake the task is bearded, bashful Historian Christopher Dawson, 71, who left Britain in 1958 to be Harvard's first professor of Roman Catholic studies. His diagnosis: the patient's heart is not in the right place.

Unlike many of his eminent colleagues, Dr. Dawson presents a specific remedy as well as a diagnosis, in The Crisis of Western Education (Sheed & Ward; $3.95), published last week.

The Secular Side. The heart of Western civilization, says Historian Dawson, is its...

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