Religion: Forward to Luther

In the bomb-scarred German city of Hannover last week, 20,000 delegates and pious visitors met for the second assembly of the Lutheran World Federation. At their first meeting, held at Lund, Sweden in 1947, the air was thick with gloom. Churchmen sadly analyzed the near collapse of German Lutheranism under Hitler; they were just as glum about Lutheran participation in the worldwide ecumenical movement. But in 1952, although the world seemed to be even worse off, the glum gloom was gone. Exuberant, vigorous Lutherans showed new signs of a desire for Christian cooperation...

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