Religion: Cash for Theology

Most religious books make little money, but one published this week has already made its author $15,000. The title: Christianity: An Inquiry Into Its Nature and Truth (Scribner; $2.50). The author:

Methodist Theologian Harris Franklin Rail of Garrett Biblical Institute at Evanston, Ill.

Dr. Rail owes his windfall to the will of a pious Presbyterian, spade-bearded Chicago Publisher William Bross. who left $40,000 to Illinois's Lake Forest College in 1890 and stipulated that once every 50 years a super-award of $15,000 be given "the best single book on the connection and relation of the...

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