Introduction: On The Creature Called Man
• Many times things can only be understood by people who are very close to them or far enough away for perspective.
• Being close to something but not a part of it creates biases and reactions that do not allow clear perception.
• Such is the case of Christianity, whose critics are familiar but not a part of the religion.
• Non-Christians who live in Christian societies will judge Christianity more harshly than they would any other religion with which they are not as familiar.
• Therefore, it is an important exercise to be able to see something as if for the first time.
• The same principle holds true for man.
• Man's uniqueness among the rest of nature has been lost on the modern mind because the sense of novelty is gone.
• The task of this book is to show the uniqueness of mankind and of...
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