Essay: THE CHURCHES INFLUENCE ON SECULAR SOCIETY

CHRISTIANS are enjoined to be in the world but not of it, and that has been a difficult rule to follow. Time and again, the churches have slipped over in one direction or the other—too much in the world or too much out of it. From its Puritan beginnings, U.S. Christianity has been deeply concerned with the world, addressing society on its multitude of problems. To a growing number of clergymen, however, being in the world really means being in it—not just talking to it. If they have their way, it may be hard...

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