Religion: Short Shrift for Protestants

The most controversial religious book of the year was published last week.* Written by Theodore Maynard, an ex-Congrega-tionalist who is now a well-known Catholic writer and lecturer, it is the first full-length popular history of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. Much of it is bound to make Protestants see red. Sample Maynard polemic:

"The time is ripe for a momentous Catholic effort in the U.S. . . . Protestantism — especially American Protestantism —is now so doctrinally decayed as to be incapable of offering any serious opposition. . . . Except for...

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