Religion: Questions

If a conscientious U. S. minister were to learn that the chief trouble of his parishioners was a sense of frustration, inadequacy, anxiety, loneliness, he might well feel discouraged, since to dispel such feelings is part of his job. Nevertheless, in Boston last week a survey was released which indicated that inner inadequacy is a prime characteristic of churchgoers—or at least of New England Protestant churchgoers. For five years, students of Dr. Harold Washington Ruopp, professor of preaching at Boston University School of Theology, asked churchfolk around Boston: What is the outstanding question that you face in your thinking and, living?...

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