What is the nature of the issues that divide Christendom? The Methodist theologian Franz Hildebrandt assesses the current ecumenical trend from a perspective of doctrine and order (see the opposite page).

Wilbur M. Smith stresses the priority of the Bible in the minister’s intellectual life (page 7), and Charles N. Pickell examines the practical emphasis of James’s epistle (page 13).

The House debate over public school devotional exercises prompted one congressman to call it “the biggest thing since the Scopes trial.” For an appraisal of the much-discussed Becker amendment see our lead editorial (page 20).

Our news section features an eyewitness account of the United Presbyterian General Assembly (page 30).

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