For some time nowthere has been no small stir in and around Princeton Seminary over what may eventually develop into the Hick case. Dr. John Hick came to Princeton in 1960 and as a professor in that institution had to be accepted into a presbytery of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. He was accepted by the Presbytery of New Brunswick from the Presbytery of Berwick of the Presbyterian Church of England. It was noised abroad then and came to light finally that there had been questions raised about Dr. Hick’s position on the Virgin Birth, a doctrine which he would neither affirm nor deny. His refusal to affirm or deny was laid before the Synod of New Jersey and the action of the Presbytery of New Brunswick was reversed. It is likely now that the case will be appealed to the General Assembly which meets in Denver in May.
Discussion on the case and the issues involved will have to be studied mostly in publications other than those of the United Presbyterian Church. Presbyterian Life, which has a tremendous outreach in that denomination, usually keeps clear of controversial issues, tending rather to give support to actions already taken by the General Assembly instead of opening up such issues as may come before the next assembly. Monday Morning is read mostly by ministers, and, although it is not free from controversial subjects, it does not reach the laymen in any large numbers and therefore will be of little help in sending informed laymen to the General Assembly for a vote on this matter. We shall probably see some rather heavy mailings from one side or another in the controversy, or we shall read the news and the discussions in Christianity Today, The Christian Century, The Presbyterian Outlook, or the Presbyterian ...1
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