CHRISTIANITY TODAY asked several prominent religious leaders two questions: What do you think was the most noteworthy religious development in 1977?; and What do you think will be the most likely candidate for that choice in 1978? Here are some answers:
Hudson Armerding, president, Wheaton College.
I personally feel that the issue of homosexuals in the church was one of the most significant religious developments of the year. I’m thinking particularly of how it was addressed in the United Presbyterian and Episcopal Churches.
I believe that the role of women will become more of an issue in 1978 in the evangelical world. Secondly, there is the Christian world response to the problem in the Middle East; in other words, the relationship between biblical statements and the current status of Israel.
Stephen Board, editor, Eternity magazine.
The story that impresses me about 1977 is accountability, specifically accountability in fund raising by Christian groups, which includes the World Evangelism and Christian Education Fund that was associated with Billy Graham and the big fund raising projects by such men as Bill Bright, Oral Roberts, and Robert Schuller.
In 1978 I think that the most interesting story will be the response of the United Presbyterian Church to various conservative concerns, specifically the question of the ordination of homosexuals. I think that the evangelical element in that body is vocal and influential enough to make a schism possible. That’s the one I’ll be watching.
Russell Chandler, religion writer, Los Angeles Times.
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