Ecumenism: Blake's Second Thoughts

Eugene Carson Blake's 1960 proposal to merge four major Protestant churches into one seemed a lightning flash illuminating a hopeful abstraction, an ex citing new vision. Now the Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church sees his idea as more possible than before, more urgent than ever, and beset by subtle dangers. Last Sunday, shortly after returning from a meeting of the World Council of Churches' Central Committee in Nigeria, he went to San Francisco's Grace Episcopal Cathedral, where he had first called for a united church "truly catholic, truly reformed, truly evangelical," and spoke his second...

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