Churches: Activism Is No Virtue

In recent years, the loudest voices within U.S. Christianity have been those of radical theologians urging the church to greater involvement with world issues. The mood of activism reached a peak in Detroit last month, where the Conference on Church and Society, sponsored by the National Council of Churches, exhorted U.S. religious leaders to grant sanctuary to draft dodgers, accept violence as a valid response to certain social injustices, and incite a nationwide strike if the war escalates into an invasion of North Viet Nam.

Not all churchmen are enamored of the...

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