Religion: Christian Politics

When the social reformers were tall in the saddle back in 1934, the U.S. Congregationalists set up a Council for Social Action. Its aim was to help make "the Christian gospel more effective in society," and its membership was drawn heavily from the ranks of those who feared many things more than creeping socialism. Among the causes the council plugged: the consumer cooperative movement, compulsory health insurance, federal aid to education. By last year, such council gospel had drawn so much Congregational counterfire (TIME, March 17, 1952) that a nine-man committee was set...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!