Religion: Protestant Picture

The Rev. John Mackay, Presbyterian president of Princeton Theological Seminary, went to Europe last summer on a special mission: to study the status of Protestants in predominantly Roman Catholic countries. This week, in Presbyterian Life, he published his conclusions. Highlights:

¶ "Belgium is a lay state which is benevolently neutral towards religion." The government gives financial subsidies to Roman Catholics, Protestants and Jews, but no attempt is made to control religious policy. Protestants in Belgium are generally "confident, happy and grateful to God and the Belgian government for the freedom which they enjoy to engage in worship and to propagate their faith."...

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