Religion: In the Family

One night last week Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, elder of Manhattan's Brick Presbyterian Church, addressed a dinner of the board of directors of Union Theological Seminary. "Out in Tennessee there is a plant which turns out bombs," he said. "Here is a plant which turns out ministers of the Gospel. The two seem remote and unrelated. Actually, the issue of our time—perhaps the issue of all our human time—is which of the two outputs will prevail." Then Secretary Dulles, whose son Avery was ordained a Jesuit priest two years ago, watched 179 seminarians get their degrees. One of them:...

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