Religion: Words & Works

¶ "There is a kind of folk culture in America that makes almost everyone want to sit in the back of the church," said Assistant Secretary of Labor J. Ernest Wilkins to the Methodist Church Council of Bishops in Seattle. "A friend of mine the other day was telling me about an old saying . . . 'Beware of the man in the front pew.' The implication being, I suppose, that there is a certain amount of respectability in the admission that we are all sinners."

¶ There are 69,362,978 Lutherans in the world, announced the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva (not...

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