Religion: The Church Militant

Pessimists about the present worth of the Church got a forthright answer last week. It came from tall, vigorous Dr. Henry Pitney Van Dusen of Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary. In a small but fact-crammed book called What IS the Church Doing? (Scribner; $1), he found the Church accomplishing great things under the Nazi heel, in missions and in church unity movements.

Dr. Van Dusen's most ardent pages concern the heroic German Churchmen, Niemöller, Faulhaber and Von Galen, who have defied the Nazis in the name of Christ. Humor has been among their weapons. When...

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