Religion: The Matthews Story

When a former Methodist churchman named J. B. Matthews made the charge that U.S. Protestant ministers "are the largest single group supporting" Communism in the U.S. (TIME, July 13), he was hit by thunderbolts of protest. They forced him to resign as executive director of Joe McCarthy's Senate subcommittee, and showed clearly that U.S. Protestants trust their clergy. But they threw little light on J. B. Matthews himself. In last week's Christian Century, Editor Paul Hutchinson, who once "knew him well and . . . liked him greatly," writes an account of him,...

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