Protestants: Crisis Continues

In early 1941, when Hitler's troops stood poised across the English Channel from Britain, American churchmen had mixed feelings about U.S. entry into the war. One of the most outspoken advocates of the Allied cause was Protestant Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, a onetime pacifist who had come to see that stance as "utopianism" in the face of Nazism's threat to Western civilization. With a group of like-minded thinkers, Niebuhr founded a biweekly journal of Christian opinion to oppose the prevailing pacifism of church leaders and to relate the Gospel message to problems of...

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