Religion: Churchianity

Dr. Bernard Iddings Bell, Canon of Christian Education in the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, serves his God with a tough mind and a sharp tongue. Last week, in the unofficial Episcopal weekly, the Witness, High Churchman Bell was in top form at his favorite sport—mussing up ecclesiastical stuffed shirts.

Christians, says Canon Bell, have a tendency not only to exalt the Church as the end rather than the means of their religion, but "to make of it a covert in which to hide from Christ." All too many, he says, use the...