Religion: After Further Thought

Princeton's Professor Walter T. Stace, 65, is a kindly and reflective teacher of philosophy, with an imposing academic reputation. In 1948 he wrote a scholarly article for the Atlantic Monthly, called "Man Against Darkness," expressing his pessimism about religion. Said Professor Stace: "There is, in the universe outside man, no spirituality, no regard for values, no friend in the sky, no help or comfort for man of any sort."

The burst of reader response tore a few holes in the professor's ivy. Publicly and in a flood of angry letters, he was denounced as...

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