Saints Run Mad Marjorie Harrison
THIS little book is timely. It gives a picture, drawn from life, of Buchmanism in practice. The details are clearly marked with an almost photographic accuracy. Miss Harrison is a keen observer, and a discriminating critic. Moreover, she has the pen of a ready writer. I am glad of the opportunity of commending what she has written to the careful consideration of all who are interested in Dr. Buchman's Movement, and, perhaps, not a little puzzled as to its character and tendency.

My own carefully formed estimate of the Movement is generally known. I hold it to be unsound in its distinctive features, and unwholesome in its permanent effects. I regret that the precipitate complaisance which has led many excellent Christians, including some eminent ecclesiastics, to associate themselves with it, has had the effect of obscuring the unsoundness, while the permanent ill-effects will for obvious reasons hardly be proclaimed from the housetops.

What will be the future of Buchmanism? In itself it has slight promise of survival; for the sensational advertisement which has secured its rapid success must necessarily lose its impressiveness, and neither "sharing", nor "guidance", nor even the quasi-hypnotic domination of Dr. Buchman himself is likely to be permanently effective. It is noteworthy that, with few exceptions, the Buchmanite converts are drawn from those who already belong to Christian denominations. The Movement does not extend appreciably the area within which Christianity prevails. Will the excitement die down, and the zealots be absorbed again in the existing Churches? Or, will a new Sect arise, and traverse the too-familiar cycle of sectarian life?

In any case, we cannot doubt that, while many persons have been influenced for good, many have been brought to spiritual bankruptcy.


March 6th, 1934.