Religion: Words & Works

¶Christianity must purge itself of "accidental Western accessories" and of its feeling of uniqueness if it is to be accepted in the future, said Historian Arnold J. Toynbee at Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary. "We treat Christianity as if its virtue were not derived from being Christian, but from being Western . . . One can believe that one has received revelation without necessarily believing he has received exclusive revelation. Exclusive-mindedness is one of the most fatal sins ... the sin of pride ... I suggest that we recognize all higher religions as revelations of what is good and right."

¶An eight-month controversy...

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