Religion: Niebuhr's Confession

Into the crossfire of controversy over Communism among the U.S. clergy jumped Protestant Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr this week. "It must be affirmed that there have never been many explicit Stalinists in the churches," Niebuhr writes in the Christian Century, "and today their number is ... insignificant . . . Nevertheless, there are a few and we ought to admit it . . ."

Niebuhr condemns the "hysterical labors of the vigilantes" and believes that "the matter is beyond the competence or interest of a congressional investigation committee." But "while we deal with these issues among ourselves," he feels it should be admitted...

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