Religion in America
To the Editor:
Nathan Glazer in “The Jewish Revival in America: II” (January) is correct in theory in declaring, “Judaism emphasizes acts, rituals, habits, a way of life. Christianity, in contrast, places more emphasis on beliefs and doctrines.” In practice, many Christians are similar to Jews in being impressed by a good and holy man, or by a truly religious community.
The Roman Catholic Church is not as efficient in instilling its basic beliefs into its members’ minds and souls as some Protestants fear. Without the example of a few human and inspiring saints to try to follow, or the example of a live, patient and understanding parish priest, Roman Catholics often find theological dogma difficult to accept or appreciate. Many Catholics openly or secretly envy the social life and sense of religious community which often characterize Protestant churches. In its recent excursions into general adult education and its increasing emphasis on lay responsibility, the Church is trying to meet these needs. . . .
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