Religion: Turning the Century

When the Disciples of Christ's Christian Oracle changed its title to The Christian Century in 1900, the gesture was one of supreme confidence in the future of liberal Protestantism. The 20th century has not quite fulfilled that hope, and is not likely to, but the weekly magazine has marched gamely ahead as if the dream might still come true. Its best-known editor, Charles Clayton Morrison, made it a nondenominational magazine, championing such causes as Prohibition, ecumenism, biblical liberalism and militant pacifism. The journal became must reading for well-informed American Protestants.

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