Religion: Advice to Converters

"Till the conversion of the Jews" was Poet Andrew Marvell's way of indicating an immeasurably long period of time, and throughout history Christians have taken pains to hasten the day—from plain torture to the gentler persuasion of the American Board of Missions to the Jews. Such efforts are a grave mistake, writes Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the C.C.A.R. Journal, a quarterly of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

"The problem of the Christian majority, particularly in America," says Niebuhr, "is to come to terms with the stubborn will to live of the Jews...

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