“Testament Of Faith”

A Testament of Faith, by G. Bromley Oxnam, Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1958. 176 pp., $3.00.

The importance of this confession of faith is due primarily not to the depth or uniqueness of its contents (there is no reason for believing that any of these paragraphs or pages will be quoted in significant Christian literature during the years to come), but to the pre-eminent position which the author of this book has held in ecclesiastical circles during the last 20 years. Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam is now 67 years of age, and has been an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church for 42 years. Probably no other one ecclesiastic in America has held as many important positions within his own denomination, and in ecumenical movements, as Bishop Oxnam. Twenty years ago he began serving a five-year term as chairman of the Division of Educational Institutions for the Board of Education of the Methodist Episcopal Church; from 1940 to 1948, in the same great denomination, he was chairman of the Committee on Public Information; while for eight years, 1944–1957, he was president of its Division of Foreign Missions. How strange that such a large denomination should allow one man to simultaneously take the chairmanships of so many vital committees. For many years, he was also chairman of the Methodist Committee on Chaplains. Bishop Oxnam, at the present time, is on the Board of Trustees of at least seven educational institutions and is the president of the Board of Trustees of Westminster Theological Seminary. He was a professor in the University of Southern California and in the Boston University School of Theology for 10 years, and president of DePauw University for eight years. He has been a bishop in the Methodist ...

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