From Pagan to Christian - Lin YutangMelbourne, London & Toronto: Heinemann, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss to the spine ends, more so at the head. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “Lin Yutang, the world-renowned philosopher and scholar, sets down here, for the first time, the story of his conversion from paganism to Christianity. His spiritual pilgrimage began in a small village in the Fukien Province of China, where his father was a Christian pastor. The traditions and wisdom of the East filled the days of his adolescent life at college in Shanghai and later in Peking, and gradually lured the young student away from the Christian faith. He embarked on a series of adventures in belief which took him through the visionary worlds of the great Eastern minds: Confucius, Mencius, Lao-tze, Chuangtse and Buddha. In a moving and lucid style, Dr Lin studies the words of these thinkers, weighing their contributions, their similarities and differences and shows how vital and meaningful their teachings have been. Finally, at the end of his quest, Dr Lin returns to the form of Christianity which suits him best in what he calls this Age of Despair. His is a Christianity not conferred but striven for, and in arriving at his final position, the great teachers of Christianity such as Jesus and St Paul, as well as the major thinkers of the Western world, are subjected to the benign yet forceful scrutiny of this cosmopolitan philosopher.”