Religion: One Religion for All

William Ernest Hocking is a ruddy-faced Harvard professor of philosophy who stalks religion with a cool philosopher's eye. In 1931-32 Dr. Hocking, a Congregationalist, chairmaned the Appraisal Commission of the Laymen's Foreign Missions Inquiry. The Commission produced the controversial Re-Thinking Missions (TIME, Nov. 28, 1932), which proposed far-reaching changes in missionary work, scandalized conservatives by insisting that Christians, instead of attacking non-Christian religions, should seek to understand them and cooperate with them. Mission boards gave the report short shrift, but Philosopher Hocking re-pondered it long & hard. Last week he published the...

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