Religion: The Neutralists' Neutralizer

One of Germany's best-known products, theology, lately has not given much aid and comfort to the West. The neutralism of Karl Barth, with its plague-on-both-your-houses detachment from the struggle between Communism and the free world, dominates such influential German clergymen as Pastor Niemoller, such prominent theologians as Bonn University's Professors Helmut Gollwitzer and Hans-Joachim Iwand. Last week Hamburg University students jampacked their biggest lecture hall to listen to a very different kind of theologian.

Helmut Thielicke, 48, whose cheerfully jowly face and shining pate are a popular fixture on West German TV screens,...

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