European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 29 1967, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - October 29, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseA new reformation for christianity Dpi by George w. Cornell a staff writer to nominal christianity has had jul that s the Stark assessment of present Day Church life voiced by a Lead ing methodist theologian the Rev. Or. Albert Outler. Others have sounded Sim Ilar views. They Call for firmer commitment to Basic doctrine and its demands and they Challenge what they consider Arash of lax departures from it. To Appeal to passing modern time May have come for theology to be More concerned with the truth of the Christian Faith than with courting the elusive modern Man say the Rev. Or. William Hordern a United Church of Canada scholar. There also is a growing conclusion that the Church is entering a period when its character and makeup will require tougher dedication to its teaching in an atmosphere of much Dis belief. In the new Era and it has started already phony christians will be rec new Church is thought to be entering tougher Era with less accent on frills such As golfers special archbishop o Brien below sees enemies within up Apap transcendent god is crucial or. Eugene Blake told world Council of churches conference. Church of Christ sunday school books now show Christ in trousers rather than Robes. Cognized As pad Elf roman Atholl archbishop Robert e. Lucey of san an Tonio told a recent fathering this connection two tendencies cited As widespread problems in recent Church life have drawn increasing fire from various religious leaders the casual apathy of Many Church goers toward doctrine and its implications for conduct. This indifference and vagueness about specific belief has been brought out in numerous studies. The recent splurge of novel iconoclastic approaches to Faith often by some theologians themselves such Ashe joiners of the death of god Label for the modern technological age. Both approaches Are producing backlash however and also signs of a counter trend resisting the casual complacent Type of Churchman ship and the scaling Down of doctrinal criteria. Noting the flurry of assaults on Clas sic Christian beliefs the Rev. Or. Eugene Carson Blake general Secretary of the world Council of churches told its Central committee meeting in August on the Island of Crete that the interdenominational body must stick to gospel standards. The ecumenical movement depend today As it has from its beginnings on the transcendent god made known in his son Jesus Christ our lord he declared. At the same time some of the Atten Tion grabbing devices seem to be de Clining. A analysis in a recent Issue of christianity today was headlined the waning death of god the editor the Rev. Or. Carl f. , a Baptist has lectured Exten sively on the topic the resurrection of theism after the death of the claim that god had seemingly ceased to be transcendent and had Emp tied himself through Christ into earthly secular life was a Bubble bound to burst says British anglican Bishop Johna. T. Robinson an Avant Garde thinker himself. It is unstable he says it do snot have a a presbyterian the Rev. Or. John , president emeritus of Prince ton theological Seminary similarly has discounted the turmoil of anti god ism sowing confusion in the god is present in the Secu Lar City he writes in presbyterian life. But he is there As Sovereign lord and concerned Lover not As prisoner or Anonymous tenant., other influential churchmen including Pope Paul i have spoken out increasingly lately against what they Calla wave of superficial interpretations that have spread scepticism in the churches. Cardinal Patrick o boy Leroma Catholic archbishop of Washington says the modern enemies of religion usually Are within it. Driven at times by intellectual Pride they Are easy victims of the cancer of doubt which is the forerunner of com plete loss of Faith he told worshippers at St. Mathew s . Outler of the Perkins school of theology in Dallas says churches have been indulging in the dangerous game of theological Roulette of seeing who had the gravest doubts the most auda Cious repudiation of historic Christia teaching who could come the closest to atheism and not topple has been an ideological luxury which we can no longer afford any where he told a disciples of Christ ministerial meeting. He said the Church survival depends on christians being dead Earnest about their Faith and will ing to accept its disciplines. Conventional routine culture christianity is not enough he said. It is doomed and i for one do not lame tits archbishop Lucey addressing a youth gathering said that t in the past we Nehad millions and millions of christians who hate their neighbors such As dark skinned minorities on the weekdays and on sunday receive the sacrament Only a phony Christian does that Only a fake he said. In the sturdier Church now develop ing he added the standards will a higher and it will be Clear who Are the fakes and who Are the committed christians. Sunday october 29, 1967 the stars and stripes Page 11

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