Religion: Two or Three

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

—Matthew 18:20

The season of Protestant get-togethers was in full swing last week. Everywhere there was talk about church mergers. Protestants showed an increasing awareness of how much they have in common; they also displayed a stubborn, but understandable, concern over what they held precious in their own creeds.

In Seattle, representatives of the northern Presbyterian church (called the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.) met for their 160th General Assembly. Church union was the principal subject—not with the Episcopalians (that is at present virtually a...

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