Religion: Christianity Writ Large

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

—Matthew 5:9

For Christians of different communions, the beam and the mote might sometimes seem a more appropriate symbol than the cross. Protestants and Catholics, jealous for their own particular form of Christianity and suspicious of the others', appear to the world as more Protestant or Catholic than Christian. But last week a Christian (who also happens to be a Roman Catholic priest) showed that Christianity can be writ large, for all Christians.

The Christian was an old man of 75, a famed theologian, a Bavarian named Karl Adam, now in...

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