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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 041. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 20, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/670.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript Motk Sides SpoL Jrankty" hold in our churches. We hope that future conversations will bring both to them and to us a deeper understanding of the Church's mission. On our side, we are already grateful for a deepened appreciation of the elements of devotion and mystery in Christianity. We hope that fur- the-r contacts will lead them to increased concern for the totality of life. During the last several years the policy of the Soviet government has discouraged persecution of the churches and has regarded the- clergy and other believers as loyal citizens. At thc same time- it has increased the aggressiveness of scientific education as the means ultimately to eradicate religion. Thus the Church has more freedom than in preceding decades but at the same- time confronts a more subtle challenge. It is our hope that, even within the limitations imposed by the St.-ite, the Church will find effective answers and effective means for teaching to the enel that the Christian faith may be maintained anel strengthened. In return for freedom of worship the leaders of the churches have apparently inclined tei gei along with Soviet Communist leadership in important areas. Perhaps the most distressing illustration is in the area of peace propaganda. We had frank discussions on that matter. We are convinced that the Russian churches and people ardently de-sire- peace. However, the statements of the Church leaders were- almost uniformly identical in making vague appeals for "the defense of peace" without taking into Consideration the realities of the world situation or the facts of history. It appeared tei us that their concept of peace was derived not only from the Soviet Foreign Office but also from an inadequate concept of the mission of the Church. We pointed out that the World Peace Council, in which Church leaders from Russia have given conspicuous leadership, has consistently taken the same line as that of the Soviet government and that participants from the West have not been truly representative of Western churches. We emphasized the necessity of finding some other basis than their past positiems if we are to work together for peace. We made it clear that the means to peace are as important as the end. Specifically, we set forth certain positions taken by the National Council of Churches, for example: (1) Peace cannot be achieved apart from justice, human rights, anel fundamental freedoms. (2) The reduction and abolition of atomic weapons cannot be separated from effective inspection and control, nor in isolation from other armaments. (3) The goal of independence and freedom for subject and colonial peoples is best reached through processes of law and order and by free elections under international control. The contacts we have already hael with the Church leaders in the Soviet Union have been worth while. Despite many and difficult differences we found important common ground as Christians. We look forward to a continuation of conversations in the United States in June. We were courteously received in Russia, and we hope to reciprocate here. A beginning has been made. Under the guidance and power of God we believe the churches of Jesus Christ may be used for the reconciling and salvation of the nations. end plained that the churches do not have a tax or assessment as before. Support, as in the case of the Orthodox Church, is on a free anel veiluntary basis. Archbishop Turs aelele-el that he- anel all Lutheran ministers hael "complete freedom" in their sermons. Speaking for the- Orthodox Church, Father Keiltchitsky saiel that the- main object of Orthoeloxy was the saving of souls — through worship, preaching, confessing, and visiting homes. "The Russian Orthodox Church," In- saiel, "is ut work not only in the USSR but also abroad, In China the-re- is a eliocese with an Archbishop, There are- Russian Orthodox missions also in other countries where our hierarchs anel priests fulfill their task. In Japan, there are many Orthodox Japanese Chris- 1956 11 FAf-|S loin, \| News, December, 1956 tians, but unfortunately we do not have our own bishop." The conversations on the question of the- freedom of the churches to fulfill their mission clearly showed no agreement had been reached as to what constitutes "the mission" of the churches. In the absence of such a ceimmon interpretation, the conversations respecting freedom of the churches eliel not always reach definite conclusions. . . . [There were further discussions em the Christian faith and either religions, modern science and religion, anel theological trends and Christian literature.] At the conclusion of the formal discussions a communique was issued. It will suffice for our purpose ... to quote the concluding paragraph of this joint statement. "These conversations took place in a spirit of Christian mutual understanding and were of friendly and sincere character. As a result of the exchange of opinion there was expressed a firm desire to develop contact by means of visits to each country by church delegations, anel alsei the exchange of literature on theological science and church history; by increasing acquaintance with the doctrinal system and moral theology of the churches and by close common work on the current question of modern times — the maintenance of peace in all the world, with the conviction that all of these means will facilitate the cause of drawing together and of the friendship between emr pe-ople-s." end Page 39
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