Religion: Fast in the Faith

"Being a Christian means more than being a philanthropist or a humanitarian," said the Rt. Rev. William T. Manning, and a generation of New Yorkers learned to know what he meant. For most Episcopalians and for many people of other faiths during a quarter of a century, the high-domed Manning forehead and austere, ascetic face symbolized high authority and strict orthodoxy—in theology, liturgy and life.

For Moral Ideals. Born in Northampton, England in 1866, William Thomas Manning came to the U.S. with his father and mother when he was a high-school boy, took his...

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