Religion: Dangerously Plausible?

Of all the controversial subjects that divide Christendom, one of the most divisive is church unity. Two months ago, John D. Rockefeller Jr. made a well-intentioned plea for church unity (TIME, Feb. 12). Last week, as it must to all such pleas, came a stern rebuke. "Shocking," said Long Island's Anglo-Catholic (high church) Protestant Episcopal Bishop James P. De Wolfe, ". . . and contrary to the doctrine of the Church."

Layman Rockefeller had warned the churches that their survival hinged on their joining in a "great rebirth," had urged them to "pronounce ordinance, ritual, creed, all nonessential for admission into...

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