Publication of a new youth Sunday-school paper in tabloid form has stirred up storm waves at Scripture Press headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois. The new take-home paper, Freeway, supplants Teen Power Life, Scripture Press’s traditional handout paper. According to the publishing house, some churches have dumped all Scripture Press materials as a result of the change while others expressed concern.
“Things have been uptight,” conceded Power Life and Freeway editor James R. Adair. “Some of the more conservative churches apparently think Freeway is a hippie paper.” The new paper was first distributed in early December after more than a year’s research. Scripture Press marketing officials say their material is distributed primarily through dealers, and so no accurate information on how many churches have dropped the company is available “except for the ten or twelve who have written us directly.”
The company calls the controversy a “transgenerational gap”—a gap between those who buy the paper and those who read it.”
Scripture Press denies the paper is an imitation “underground” publication. “Much of the content is the same as it always was,” said Adair. Most articles are personality sketches. Now that format and style have been updated, say company spokesmen, it’s “a paper kids can take to their peer group and not just use to keep awake during a weak 11 o’clock sermon.”
Few Jewish collegians have been converted in the Jesus revolution. And Protestant Sunday-school materials still show Judaism in a negative light.
These are the findings of separate Jewish studies of Christianity and Judaism. In the first, a B’nai B’rith survey of eight major colleges suggests that Jewish fears of Christian proselytism ...1
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