In This Review

Civitas Dei
Civitas Dei
By Lionel Curtis
Macmillan, 1934, 3 pp

In these three volumes a vigorous and steadfast Christian mind attempts to define "the chief end of man" in the modern world. The growth of the idea of Commonwealth is traced from the beginning of recorded time until now, and the conclusion is reached that man can realize his best possibilities only through unremitting service to the common good in a democratic State. The argument is made in terms of thought that are in some respects deeply personal. The conclusions have significance in view of the fact that Mr. Curtis, as a practical politician during the past thirty years, working on South African, Indian and Irish affairs, has had a direct influence on the transformation of Empire into Commonwealth.