Religion: Open-Shop Parson

"Never again will I prostitute my Christian ministry to the idealizing of any war." Harry Emerson Fosdick, Manhattan's famed preacher, made this blunt promise in his own pulpit in 1939. He has kept his promise. He has avoided glorifying war, has continually sounded the thesis that after the war the U.S. must live with all the nations of the world.

Last week Harry Emerson Fosdick, 64, handed in his resignation after twelve years as pastor of the towering Riverside ("Rockefeller") church. The trustees, "considering the spiritual needs of these war days," would not...

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