Religion: Top of the Decade: Religion

> Eugene Carson Blake proposes ambitious U.S. Protestant merger, 1960.

> Pope John XXIII opens the Second Vatican Council, 1962.

> U.S. Supreme Court outlaws required school prayer and Bible reading, 1963.

> Pope Paul VI visits Holy Land, gives symbolic embrace to Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, 1964.

> Secularization of religious thought, typified by Harvey Cox's The Secular City, 1965.

> "New Morality" diminishes biblical absolutes of right and wrong, as in Joseph Fletcher's Situation Ethics, 1966.

> Episcopal bishops chastise Bishop James Pike but tolerate his heresies, 1966.

> Pope Paul's reassertion of the ban on artificial birth control, 1968.


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