New York: Philosophical Library, 1956. First edition. 12mo. (7 1/2 inches tall), original blue cloth, yellow top edge, original dust jacket. A near-fine book with a closed tear, minor soiling and slight toning to the spine of the clean and bright yellow and white dust jacket. Item #448
"MAN IS TENDING MORE AND MORE TO THROW OFF OBEDIENCE TO THE COSMIC RHYTHMS ONLY TO BECOME THE DOCILE SLAVE OF ARTIFICIAL CADENCES THAT ARE INFINITELY MORE RIGID" First American edition of this collection of papers illustrating the post-war struggle between Totalitarianism and Christianity. Based on a series of papers presented at the Centre Catholique des Intellectuels Francais, the book was first published in France as Christianisme et Liberté (1952). Bookended by Thibon's Christianity and Freedom and Daniel-Rops's Towards a Truly Christian Society, these essays go beyond a focus on Western Christianity to include perspectives on the Orthodox, Hindu, and Islamic faith traditions and warn that "freedom is everywhere in full retreat." The other papers include: Hinduism and Freedom-I. (Father D'Souza, S.J.), Hinduism and Freedom-II. (Olivier Lacombe), Freedom according to Islam (Nadjim Oud-Dine Bammante), The Free Man in the Mohammedan State (Louis Gardet), The Hellenistic Inheritance (Robert Flaceliere), Freedom in the Orthodox World-I: The Human Person and Freedom in Eastern Anthropology (Father Yves Congar), Freedom in the Orthodox World-II: Russia and Freedom (Pierre Pascal), The Necessary Conditions for a Free Society (Andre Railliet). First published in English translation in Great Britain (a year earlier).