Religion: Across the Gulf

"The widening gulf between Protestants and Catholics has become an important national issue." With these words, the current American Mercury introduced a hammer & tongs Protestant-Catholic debate to bring the points of antagonism between the two faiths "into the open for public examination."

Spokesman for the Protestants, Dean Walter Russell Bowie of Union Theological Seminary, began by reminding readers that "Protestantism and Roman Catholicism are both in their own conception interpreters of one and the same gospel— the gospel of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Protestants can sincerely admire much that Roman Catholicism specifically represents . . . What then...

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