Religion: Words & Works

¶ When churches fail to be "merciful neighbors," they misunderstand vast social changes, said Germany's Dr. Martin Niemoeller to a Christian World Mission meeting in Silver Bay, N.Y. "The Socialist movement grew in Europe without any assistance or correction from the Christian churches, and the way was paved for the atheistic Communist system which has found its bulwark in Russia. The churches ought to have shown a Christian and human way of dealing with the growing crisis of coexistence between East and West. But they were and are hopelessly linked to the bourgeois world. They did not even see the travail...

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