Religion: Argument at Amsterdam

What was happening at Amsterdam last week? New York's Methodist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam called it "continuous and creative cooperation of 145 churches at a world level." But what the world mostly heard were sounds of argument. At the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the chief debate seemed remarkably like the East-West bickering in U.N. The debaters: U.S. Layman John Foster Dulles and Czech Theologian Joseph L. Hromadka.

No Justice. Standing in an easy, stooped slouch and speaking quickly, Dulles told a crowd that had packed Amsterdam's Concertgebouw hall to its olive-green walls: "The Soviet Communist regime is...

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