The Christian Future

or The Modern Mind Outrun

by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. Harper Torchbooks, 1966.


Paperback, 248 pages.

In his review of The Christian Future for The Christian Century Martin E. Marty wrote:

It has never been possible to pigeon-hole Rosenstock-Huessy… (His) juxtaposition of conventional genius and genial unconventionality, is both disconcerting and creative. In 1946 Rosenstock-Huessy was ahead of his time and he still is today.

In this book he writes about secularization, hermeneutics, the gift of language, the meaning of personhood, and Christianity without old-line appeal to transcendence. A generation that pays some attention to McLuhan, Marcuse, Altizer, Fuller (Buckminster), Brown (Norman O.) ought at last to be ready to confront Rosenstock-Huessy, whose erudition and spirit outstrip theirs. Some of the contexts of this book may sound a little archaic; many of its prophecies have begun to come true; none of its spirit is obsolete.

Walter J. Ong writes that:

The sweeping historical insights of Rosenstock-Huessy are some of the sharpest and freshest our age has known. His deep historical and religious penetration of the Old World past is joined to a rare understanding of the profundities of the American experience and of the human aspects of technology. Both a tirelessly critical spirit and an unquenchable hope suffuse his thought in The Christian Future as elsewhere. He has had the foresight to be an ecumenicist even before the ecumenical age.