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The Phantoms of Divinity.

Edith Carlson's first sentence in the preface of The Phantoms of Divinity (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 150 pages, $19.95 hardbound) befuddled me. She writes, "This book was written 30 years ago and in preparing a preface to this work of three decades ago, I came across the above passage [from Julian Huxley's Religion Without Revelation] which I had written into a catalog of my paintings, for I am an artist, on Nov. 16, 1961."

Her writing does not become any less jumbled as she seeks to prove that "the growth of man's (sic) knowledge" reveals "the limitations of supernaturalist beliefs as a basis for morals."

I found her argumentation as difficult to follow as her sentences were to diagram.
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Author:Graham, William C.
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 28, 1993
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