Methodists: The Challenge of Fortune

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There are people in the pews, dollars in the collection plates, and 65 million Americans who claim to be Protestants. But the outwardly prosperous Christian churches are beset with inner anxiety. Ministers fear that their congregations are no more committed to the church than to the country club. Denominational leaders despair at the widespread lay unwillingness to recognize the race question as a moral issue. In the current national controversy over school prayer, and in the rising challenges to church tax exemptions, theologians detect a trend toward secularism that will...

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