Religion: The Bishop's List

At the urging of the editors of the Christian Century, Lutheran Bishop Eivind Berggrav, retired Primate of Norway and one of six co-presidents of the World Council of Churches, set forth some of the criticisms European Christians are apt to make of American Christians "without attempting to say," wrote the bishop, "whether or not they are justified." His list:

¶ "American Christianity is too often institutional rather than personal . . . congealed into a block rather than grounded in individual convictions.

¶ "American Christians appear rather self-assured about their own efficiency so that God sometimes seems to be about as much...

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