Religion: Spurning the '60s

When Eugene Carson Blake left the helm of the United Presbyterian Church in 1966 to become head of the World Council of Churches, he and his church were in the middle of the principal movements of the decade. His proposal to unite Protestants into a big new church had attracted ten denominations with 25 million members, his prospering Presbyterians had just fashioned an up-to-date creed, and their ample, well-financed bureaucracy was in the forefront of the social crusades of the '60s.

Since then, in a pattern evident in other denominations as well, the liberal designs of U.P.C. officials have run afoul of...

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