Religion: History for the Undogmatic

William Alva Gifford has spent his past 15 summers playing golf and writing a book. At each summer's end he has come back to Montreal's Cooperating Theological Colleges (affiliated with McGill University), where for 30 years he has taught the history of religion. This year he can show the results of his 15-summers' labor: a 600-page volume, The Story of the Faith (Macmillan; $5). Published this month, it was sure to bring Professor Gifford many a letter of praise and protest.

Gifford's views are those of a forthright "modernist" to whom orthodoxy is merely another word for fossilization. He sees all theology...

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