A Protestant & A Catholic & A Jew (Blurbing Will Herberg)


The back cover of the 1960 paperback of Protestant-Catholic-Jew is kind of hysterical in the way it pitches Herberg’s argument to the general reading public. The book blurbs are visually organized triumphantly according to the typology announced by the book. The Jew is Nathan Glazer (writing in the New Republic), the Catholic is Monsigno John S. Kennedy (writing in Our Sunday Visitor) and the Protestant has to be Reinhold Niebuhr (writing in the New York Times  Book Review). Of interest as to the culture of this book at mid-century is Herberg’s bio. Placed before the title page, it mentions Herberg’s professorship at Drew University; also that he “writes regularly for the better secular and religious journals.”

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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