Religion: The World Council at 25

A quarter-century ago, when the delegates to the first assembly of the World Council of Churches met in Amsterdam, Swiss Theologian Karl Barth gave the ecumenical gathering a stern warning. "We are not the ones to change this evil world into a good one," he said. Yet Barth himself had found in the 1930s that his Christian conscience required him to support the defiant German "Confessing Church" in opposing Nazism.

The men who have led the World Council of Churches during the years since World War II have found the definition of their duty...

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