The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 56, July 1952 - April, 1953

Book Reviews

racy with poetic prose. We have room only for a word concerning
the most valuable section of the book from the standpoint of the
bird-loving tourist abroad with his field-glasses in Mexico. We
refer to the appendix which takes up the last hundred pages of
the book. Here is a descriptive list of Mexican birds more com-
prehensive than any other we have ever seen in English. Thrice
welcome are the diagnostic drawings as an aid in differentiating
the confusing species of oven birds, of hawks and of hummers,
and of the doubly confusing flycatchers, all of them especially
troublesome to the student who won't shoot to identify. If in
this we had found the Mexican local names for each of the
species, its value as a bird guide would here receive still warmer
commendation. But perhaps that is asking too much.
RoY BEDICHEK
The University of Texas
American Culture and Religion: Six Essays. By William Warren
Sweet. Dallas (Southern Methodist University Press), 1951.
Pp. 114. Index. $2.50.
William Warren Sweet has made a real contribution to the
study of both American culture and American religion in this
volume of essays published as a memento of the ceremonies dedi-
cating the Perkins School of Theology Quadrangle at Southern
Methodist University. While there has been much church history
of the "patriotic type," as Dr. Sweet labels it-history "prepared
for the purpose of making the several denominational bodies
think well of themselves"-there has been little objective history
of the churches in America until the recent past. There has been
even less in the way of sound studies of the role of religion in
American life. Dr. Sweet has made pioneering contributions in
both fields, and this volume continues in the path he has marked
out in his earlier studies.
The student of American life will find much of value in this
collection of essays: studies of cultural pluralism in the American
tradition; Methodist unification; the church, the sect, and the
cult in America; and America and the ecumenical movement.
Probably the chapters of greatest interest to most readers will
be those dealing with "Protestantism and Democracy" and "Nat-

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