Religion: End of a Mission

Protestantism's most ambitious venture in mass evangelism was weighed and found wanting last week in most of the 22 cities visited by this winter's National Christian Mission (TIME, Oct. 14). It had given the already faithful a notable stirring-up, but as a program for "reaching the unreached" it had barely scratched the surface. With 70,000,000 Americans still outside any church, the best figure the Mission could claim was 50,000 new members added to the 40,000,000 already within the Protestant fold—a gain of one-eighth of 1%, or about 1% of the Protestant church membership...

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