Religion: Creeping Sacramentalism

Professor Marcus Barth, son of famed Swiss Theologian Karl Barth and currently associate professor of New Testament at the University of Chicago's Federated Theological Faculty, gave U.S. Protestants something to think about last week.

"In America," he said, "one seems to be caught between the well-meant alternatives of moralism and positive thinking on the one hand and fundamentalism on the other. In Europe the preaching is on a deeper and more dogmatic level than here, but the churches are empty all too often. Here the preaching is close to the people, the churches are full, but the problem is whether the congregation...

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