Clark, Henry B.
September 1967
Review of Religious Research;Fall67, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p16
Academic Journal
In the spring of 1959 Harper's magazine ran a series of articles on contemporary religious faith written by young men belonging to four major traditions, one being atheism. William Bartley, a former editor of the Crimson, wrote the one entitled "I Call Myself a Protestant." Bartley's attack upon the great triumvirate is being echoed in various ways and with even greater feeling by scores of churchmen today, for the new "theology of secularity" and the "death of God theology" represents one of the most audacious attempts ever made to pour "new wine" into the old wineskins of a historical religion. From the tension between radical honesty and radical reinterpretation arises an acute crisis of conscience. Even the obvious value of the struggle for social justice and enthusiastic slogans about "letting the world set the agenda" cannot muffle the questions about one's intellectual and spiritual integrity which emerge in the moments of reflection which follow one's participation in what he chooses to call "God's humanizing activity in history."


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