Religion: Return of a Missionary

After the Chinese Communists took over the city of Chengtu in December 1949, they stirred up an enthusiastic welcome from war-weary students at West China Union University, a 42-year-old interdenominational college run by Chinese and Western Christians. Dr. Dryden L. Phelps, 59, a Baptist missionary with 30 years' experience in China, was as enthusiastic as his students. He thought that the university's energetic reorganization, inspired by the Communists, was "the most profoundly religious Christian experience I have ever been through." He said so in a letter to the Rev. William Howard Melish, Brooklyn Episcopalian and great & good friend of Soviet...

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