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Reports from War-Torn China, 1946
Reports from War-Torn China, 1946

As part of a series of reports from different countries in the fall of 1946, Christianity and Crisis published articles by M. Searle Bates and Henry P. Van Dusen on China. These reveal the situation of Christianity in the country and America’s foreign policy challenge in East Asia.

A Contested Doctrine of Discovery
A Contested Doctrine of Discovery

Recently, some evangelical churches have apologized for the Doctrine of Discovery, a contested fifteenth-century Catholic Spanish theory that Christian explorers could claim and take land previously unknown to themselves if it was ruled by non-Christians, a theory the United States Supreme Court falsely claimed was a universal aspect of international law.

For All Mankind

“We build and we defend a way of life, not for ourselves alone, but for all mankind.” That is the…

Revolution in Life and in Thought
Revolution in Life and Thought

“The revolution is more than political, or economic. It is a revolution in thinking about the relation of religion to life, for we are growing in understanding of God by every move that we make in realizing the interdependence of the human family.”

Major Dan and Major John: A Reflection on Afghanistan’s Fall
Major Dan and Major John: A Reflection on Afghanistan’s Fall

Robert G. Morrison reflects on the fall of Afghanistan and the lack of religious freedom there.

The Problems with Utilitarian Christianity
The Problems with Utilitarian Christianity

In religion, to which we want to direct our attention, the growth of the utilitarian spirit is an alarming phenomenon. Utilitarianism seems to mark not only the attitude of the political powers that use religion for the sake of social control and transform it to suit their purposes, but also the attitude of many who oppose them.

In the Bering Sea, We Were America

Robert Morrison offers a testimony of serving as a Russian interpreter for the US Coast Guard in the Bering Sea during the Cold War and meeting the Soviet KGB.

The Motives of the Men Who Sought Hitler’s Life – W. Von Eckardt – May 13 1946 - Christianity and Crisis
The Motives of the Men Who Sought Hitler’s Life

“Deo—Patriae—Humanitati,” for God, country, and humanity, was the motto of the Germans who attempted to overthrow the regime which made their country the most hated nation in the world.

Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens
Court-Packing Hurts Independent Judges and Citizens

The fact that many in Congress, as well as large segments of the American electorate and commentariat, consider court-packing a morally legitimate political tactic reveals serious deficits in our society’s understanding of and respect for the rule of law, America’s founding principles, and justice itself. What is more, it shows disrespect for the very idea of truth.