National Affairs: A Man & His Prayers

For Adlai Stevenson, the week before Christmas was anything but merry and bright. It began with a somewhat embarrassing discussion of his personal religious beliefs, prompted by the fact that Stevenson, a Unitarian, had quietly joined a Presbyterian church. After some Unitarians accused Stevenson of deserting his church, four pastors—two Presbyterians and two Unitarians—made public a letter to him asserting that he can belong to both churches without "inconsistency."

"We Understand." "While we understand that you respect theologians," the pastors wrote, "we know that doctrinal rigidity has never limited the comfort you find in Christian faith, worship and fellowship. So, while Governor...

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