One feature of this year’s American Baptist Convention, in Boston’s War Memorial Auditorium, was a spirited panel discussion on “Technology, Modern Man, and the Gospel” that brought together Dr. Harvey G. Cox, associate professor of church and society at Harvard Divinity School, and Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, editor of CHRISTIANITY TODAY. Their exchange was moderated by Dr. George D. Younger, program associate of the Division of Evangelism, American Baptist Home Mission Society.

Younger: Our problem this morning is a very real one, for we live in and are shaped by and must witness in the middle of a technological society. We cannot talk about modern man as if he were someone apart from us, for each of us is a modern man or a modern woman. And when we talk about the Gospel and the Church, we again are talking about ourselves. This morning we are gathered here as American Baptists with two churchmen who are part of our fellowship. On your right is Harvey Cox, on your left Carl Henry. I’m going to ask each of them in his own way to say what he feels is the heart of the problem as we in the Church seek to address the Gospel to modern man in a technological society—perhaps a better way to put it might be: to understand what the Gospel is, as we ourselves are part of a technological society. Now, we haven’t even agreed which one is to go first. Who’d like to start out?

Cox: Well, thank you George. First of all I’d like to welcome all of you to Boston, which is the home of Harvard University, the place where in the middle of the seventeeenth century President Dunster was fired as the president of Harvard for becoming a Baptist. They’re nicer to us now. I want to say also that this is a very auspicious and interesting way for Dr. Henry ...

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