Religion: Hopes & Plans

"The faith must not lag behind contagious diseases in spreading." This was Toyohiko Kagawa's new watchword for the Japanese faithful. He gave it to the 3,500 delegates of the Christian churches of Japan who had assembled on the windswept campus of Tokyo's bombed-out

Aoyama Gakuin Methodist School, for the first time since the war, to pray and plan for the future of Christianity in Japan.

Their hopes were high: Protestant church attendance has already doubled since V-J day. Their plans were ambitious: a three-year evangelical program, in which 1,000-odd ministers and lay preachers will be expected to gain 3,000,000 converts.*To rebuild the 500...

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