Religion: Failure?

When the beaten Japanese asked for advice, General Douglas MacArthur told them: "You can't have democracy without Christianity." He also issued a call for 1,000 Christian workers to hurry the job. The Roman Catholic Church responded, according to figures published by Religious News Service, but Protestantism lagged. In Japan there are now 1,120 Catholic, only 220 Protestant missionaries.

This week the Christian Century, Protestantism's gadfly, buzzed indignantly: "Nothing could reveal more clearly than these figures how appalling is the Protestant failure to rise to the opportunity presented by postwar Japan. . . . American Protestant Christianity is utterly failing to rise to...

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