Religion: The Act & the Word

The question popped up again & again: "Is it true that the Roman Catholic chaplains were better men and did a better job in the service than Protestants?" In last week's Christian Century, ex-Navy Chaplain John Ruskin Clark, who served with the Marines, gave an answer that underscored a long-term Protestant problem—for peace as well as war. Excerpts:

". . . The reason Protestant chaplains received less recognition is a clue to the reason Protestant churches as a whole make less impression on the channels of public persuasion. . . .

"It was not the quality of the men who wore the...

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