Religion: War & Christianity

The great Church of England, like the great nation to which it belongs, is famed for its ability to reconcile apparent irreconcilables. In 1946 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York appointed a commission to consider the great problem of our time—total war and the atom bomb. Last week their report was out—a fat, red-covered pamphlet titled The Church and the Atom. Its 130 pages of erudite and stilted prose will be presented in June to the Church Assembly for approval.

Is war ever justified? Yes, says the commission, when it is undertaken: 1) to redress a grave injury committed by another state;...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!