Toward a World Christian Fellowship

Toward a World Christian Fellowship

Toward a World Christian Fellowship

Toward a World Christian Fellowship

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Is there any justification for attempting to make Christianity world wide? Is not one religion about as good as another? Does not each people in the course of time build up a religion adapted to its culture? Do not serious and unhappy dislocations follow when a folk of one cultural heritage abandons its inherited faith for another that has developed under a different set of circumstances? Have Christians any right to make "proselytes" from adherents of other religions? Is it not narrow-minded, provincial, arrogant, and impertinent to strive for a world-wide Christian fellowship? If we are to have a universal religion at all, should it not come out of a common search for truth? Ought not those of various religious traditions to pool what they think they have learned of ultimate reality, and without any assumption of superior insight embark, in a spirit of humility and of reciprocal sharing, upon a joint exploration of whatever may lie back of the religions of mankind?

Is not the dream of a world-wide Christian fellowship fantastic? From practically the beginning, the followers of Jesus have been divided. Though professing a religion whose primary precept for conduct is love, Christians have bitterly denounced and persecuted one another. They have been divided into many churches and denominations. Today these divisions are more numerous than ever before. Within denominations and local congregations, outwardly united, dissensions are frequent. In light of these hard facts, is not any effort to create a world-wide fellowship that will include all Christians foredoomed to failure?

These are honest questions. They are asked by many in-

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