Religion: Last Train to Babylon

The saints of suburbia are the gogetters. Under their influence suburban church life has become so thriving, says the Rev. Gibson Winter of Brighton, Mich, in the Christian Century, that it "has become the controlling force in American Christianity." What effect has this shift had on the church's spiritual message? Answers Episcopalian Winter: "Despite the strength it has produced, this domination is a threat to the church's witness to Christ's lordship.

"Suburbia has introduced its concept of success into the very center of church life . . . The task of the churches as...

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