Pilgrim’S Analysis

Eutychus Associates, meeting in emergency session, have adopted a crash program to save Christianity Today from becoming Christianity Yesterday. (According to Time magazine, a tart Barth retort threatened the change of name. A little attention to the vocabulary of Ecclesian could have avoided this critical situation. According to Time, for example, you took “a rough swipe” at clerical complacency in a recent editorial. Small wonder that you are “often irritating.” Have you forgotten that where there’s smoke there must be filters? If you would only “fill a charismatic role by challenging irenic ministerial koinonia to a more dynamic confrontal,” instead of taking “rough swipes,” you wouldn’t irritate anyone. The first phase of our program is a summer course in Ecclesian for your staff.

A second problem is your theology. Time doesn’t mind your being alert, literate, and highbrow, but it doesn’t see any future in your fundamentalism. Here you could take a cue from a profile of a wealthy Anglican priest that appears on the same page with Time’s report on CT. The Reverend Timothy Wentworth Beaumont says, “We need to purge the Gospels of out-of-date accretions and produce an act of worship in modern idiom.” Perhaps you could employ Mr. Beaumont to edit CT, or if he is too busy with his other publishing activities, at least to edit the Gospels. The older critical editions are quite out of date now. A Unitarian minister recently suggested a loose-leaf Bible. That might be best, though it could be difficult to keep the Gospels up-to-date on a fortnightly basis.

The third phase of our program is the most important. If you are to reflect Christianity today, you need a foundation grant for behavioral research. What scientific ...

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