Religion: A Crown Without a Cross?

At Amsterdam last summer, when Protestantism foregathered at the first Assembly of the World Council of Churches (TIME, Sept. 13), a notable divergence in point of view between the U.S. and Europe was quickly apparent.

The two points of view might be stated like this:

¶European Protestants spend too much time thinking about God and Scripture, not enough in helping their neighbor. ¶U.S. Protestants are inclined to be simple-minded do-gooders with a busy-bee, "social-worker" concept of religion that comes perilously close to the Pelagian heresy.*

Last week, in the pages of the Christian Century, U.S. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr attacked "continental" theology...

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