Protestants: The Dutch Meet Dixie

Meeting in separate assemblies, representatives of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (1,000,000 members) and the Reformed Church in America (400,000) last week approved a tentative plan of union. If the proposal is ratified by the local governing districts of the two churches, they will merge in 1970 to form a new denomination called the Presbyterian Reformed Church.

The two organizations have much in common. Both adhere to a Calvinist theology and are cautiously conservative on such social issues as black equality. The Southern Presbyterians were formed at the outbreak of the Civil War; membership in the church is almost...