Protestants: Prolific Prophet

An importunate new breed is knocking at the church's door: the prophets of post-Christianity. They are usually young, steeped in the Bible and hip to the latest twists of German hermeneutics, at home both in academe and in the churches of the slum-ridden "inner city." Their theme is the need of the churches to answer the new challenges of secular times; their prose is a never-never blend of Pauline exorcism and plummy sociological jargon. The prophets are sometimes a bit of a nuisance, partly because they are as predictable as the tiny...

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