Religion: Chemical God

Of Lutherans and limits

Do you have to believe in God to be a Protestant minister? The answer, as in so many cases these days, is yes and no. Germany, in particular, has been a veritable font of Protestant doubt for decades. But last week, deciding it had to draw the line somewhere, West Germany's United Evangelical Lutheran Church, which includes half the nation's Protestants, unfrocked the Rev. Paul Schulz for heresy.

Schulz holds a doctor of theology degree from Erlangen University, and for years was a Lutheran pastor at St. Jacobi Church in Hamburg. Since 1971 he has preached that the existence...

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