From the American Scene: Chaplains on Land and Sea
I was having a drink with this guy recently and he told me about his experiences in the war. His chaplains must have climbed out of some recruiting poster or movie script. All, without exception, were good, kind, patient, secure in their faith and beloved by their men. Well, mine weren’t.
Army chaplains, this guy said further, and here too he was echoing a universal conception, were better than navy chaplains because the army is more progressive in race and religion than is the navy. Etc., etc.
(There is another intellectual dictum to which the preceding paragraphs bow: magazine articles must have a unifying idea, teach a lesson. The following incidents have a unifying theme: chaplains. And they teach a lesson: about time-honored beliefs. Some check, some quite distinctly do not.)
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