THE QUEST AND CHARACTER OF A UNITED CHURCH by Winfred E. Garrison

THE QUEST AND CHARACTER OF A UNITED CHURCH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The quest for church unity goes on among many branches of Christendom, but Dr. Garrison believes there should be a different and fresh approach to the problem if any real progress is to be made. He seeks to show the kind of unity the Church has sought throughout its history, the methods it has employed, the successes and failures it has had. He concludes from this survey that the church has tried to obtain a kind of unity it cannot get without using compulsion, -- one which has involved a standardized theology, uniformity and worship, and an excluding type of ministry and organization. His plea is rather for a concept of the Universal Church in which denominations would not be done away with but would not stand in the way of the essentials of a united church,- liberty, loyalty, mutual love and a recognition of a shared responsibility. All concerned with the reunion of Christendom, clergy and laity alike, will be helped and encouraged by this gracious and perceptive contribution to the Movement. Dr. Garrison is head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Houston.

Publisher: Abingdon