Religion: Pathfinding Protestants

Protestant Christianity throughout the world once looked automatically to Germany for the newest direction in theology. Not so any more, for "the science of things divine" is international in scope, ecumenical in spirit. The giants who still dominate Protestant thinking—Karl Earth, Paul Tillich, Rudolf Bultmann—all came to prominence in Germany after World War I, but among the most promising of their successors are a number of men under 45 who have been educated in U.S. divinity schools.

Many of them seem to have a common purpose: to consolidate the best historical and cultural...

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