Religion: Church & Assembly Line

Forty-three student ministers quit their jobs last week. The jobs were at the mills and factory workbenches of such corporations as U.S. Steel, International Harvester and American Can. They quit them to return to their eschatology and homiletics, form criticism and patristics at ten theological seminaries around the country; but before they left they compared notes on a summer spent in investigating contacts between the church and the working man. Contacts, they decided, are pretty dim.

The seminarians' summer jobs reflected a trend that is belatedly gathering steam in U.S. Protestantism. Roman Catholic...

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