Religion: Whose Side Is God On?

Could God sometimes be on the side of the Communists? "I've been suggesting that possibility for years," John Bennett smiled to a friend last week. "But all of a sudden they kick up a fuss about it." One reason for the fuss is that the cold war is hotter than ever; another is that slight, smiling Congregationalist John Coleman Bennett, 59, is now dean of the faculty at Manhattan's prestigious Union Theological Seminary and one of the leaders of U.S. Protestant thought.

Like his famed predecessor, Reinhold Niebuhr, Bennett is a liberal with...

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