Religion: Pilgrim's Progress

Last week St. Andrew's Chapel at Hartsdale, N.Y., and its minister celebrated their birthdays together. For St. Andrew's it was a rebirthday. Just a year had passed since the Rev. George William Edwards saved the minuscule mission from folding. For Mr. Edwards it was his 53rd birthday and a milestone in an unusual religious experience, a kind of modern Pilgrim's Progress. Says Union Theological Seminary's President Henry Sloane Coffin: "Mr. Edwards' case is unique."

Three years ago Mr. Edwards used to commute between the College of the City of New York (where...

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