In the October issue of the Princeton Seminary Bulletin there is an address by Dr. William Hamilton, professor of Christian theology and ethics, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. The address, entitled “The Sense of Loss,” was given at the annual Summer Institute of Theology at Princeton last July. Professor Hamilton has some very remarkable things to say about the loss of the church, the loss of the body (a very new slant for me), the loss of the family, the loss of privacy, and the loss of the future. The spirit of the article is not polemical; the author sort of gets at you in spite of yourself.
In the December 6 issue of Time Magazine, the lead article of the religion section has to do again with the Vatican Council; its title is, “What Went Wrong?” The Vatican Council seems to have come to a kind of grinding halt, and about the only thing that is being said so far is that more of the Romish services will be in the vernacular. There will be other things around the edges, I am sure; but once again the Curia is apparently too strong for the personality of the Pope, assuming that Pope Paul VI is as enthusiastic for ecumenical matters as was the late Pope John XXIII.
Relevant to this slow-down at the Vatican Council are some words from Professor Hamilton on “the loss of the church.” He sees “the increasing alienation of the regular lay Christian from the denominational and ecumenical thinking of the day.” Let me quote at length: “… some of the most impressive and high powered thinking going on in Protestantism today is working on the problems of Faith and Order. The subject matter of these discussions is correct, profound, and utterly unable to touch the ordinary ...1
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