Religion: The Healing Wound

The Civil War split the Presbyterians* right along the Mason-Dixon Line. Last week the old Presbyterian wound showed new and unexpected signs of healing.

In little (pop. 260) Montreal, in North Carolina's thickly wooded Blue Ridge Mountains, 450 commissioners (delegates) of the 757,701-member Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (Southern) met for their annual general assembly. No. 1 item on the agenda: a plan for merger with the Northern Presbyterians (2,500,000 members) and the United Presbyterians (300,000 members). The proposal had been discussed since 1938 and opposition to the idea was strong; in 1948 the General Assembly had postponed consideration of it for...

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