Religion: Protestant Encyclical

Some Protestants have long envied Roman Catholics their papal encyclicals, which guide the faithful in applying Christian teaching to the problems of secular life. The growing unity of Protestantism is producing its own Protestant version of encyclicals—reports and messages from ecumenical bodies that represent an interdenominational meeting of minds. Last week, following the message on "The Responsible Society" issued by the World Council of Churches at Evanston. Ill. (TIME, Sept. 6), came a 4,000-word declaration from the National Council of Churches on the application of Christian principles to economic life. Highlights:

¶In making ethical demands on economic institutions. Christians "must take...

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