Religion: Christian Economics

Is a Christian state necessarily a welfare state? At the Federal Council of Churches' second National Study Conference on the Church and Economic Life last week it looked as though that was what some U.S. Protestants were thinking. For three days 450 ministers and laymen from 37 states pulled & hauled over the knotty question: How should the church discharge its responsibility for the nation's economy? The conferees had some sharp-edged answers.

After a rousing speech by the United Automobile Workers' President Walter Reuther and a somewhat less rousing one from Secretary Noel Sargent of the National Association of Manufacturers, the...

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