Religion: To End a Scandal

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Disunity in the name of Christ is a scandal and a shame, but it is nothing new—even Jesus had to deal with it. One day his disciples found a stranger casting out devils in Jesus' name and warned him to quit, on the ground that "he followeth not with us." Christ rebuked them. "Forbid him not," he said, "for he that is not against us is for us'1 (Luke 9: 49-50).

It has been as hard for history's Christians to heed this tolerant teaching as it was for the disciples. Quirks of custom...

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