Religion: Prophecy

The 16th annual conference for the study of sacred prophecy, at Stony Brook, N. Y., last week, illuminated the fact, recently obscured by quarrels between fundamentalists and modernists of the various Christian denominations, that a great and growing strata of Christians now believe literally in the imminent fulfillment of Biblical prophecies. Such belief is the "medicine" of religious charlatans, the persuader of profit-taking evangelists, and the consoler of the regular clergy. Where there is social misery, the religious are apt to keep patient, in hopes of the prophetic millenium. (The non-religious are...

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