Religion: Pastor v. Presbytery

When St. Paul told the Christians of Corinth that "the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life,"* he was using inspiring language. But, as his successors soon found out, without the letter of Christianity, which includes church doctrine as well as Holy Writ, the spirit would have a hard time getting itself heard and handed down. It is a fact, however, that letter and spirit, despite the best intentions, often get in each other's way. So they did last week in Chapel Hill, N.C.

For the last twelve years, the Rev. Charles Miles Jones,...