WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
toward unification, especially among the Protestant sects and organizations, to protect themselves and to create internal strength . And the head of the mighty papal system at Vatican City is constantly pleading for the Protestant systems to return to the Roman Catholic fold . In fact, the pope designated the 1950 "Holy Year" as the "year of the great return" . However, the cleavage between the great systems still continues . In some instances the rift widens . 8 A movement toward a world fusion-religion was begun toward the close of the last century . In Chicago, Illinois, during the World's Columbian Exposition, what was called the World's Parliament of Religions was held in September of 1893 . It was promoted mainly by the Protestant systems, but it extended the honors of opening and closing the parliament to clergymen of the Catholic church . Representatives of the great systems of belief and worship in all parts of the world were invited to attend and deliver speeches, explaining their creeds and their way . 9 For seventeen days so-called Christian met with pagan, Jew with Gentile, Hindu with Presbyterian, Buddhist with Baptist, Confucian with Methodist, Christian Scientist with Lutheran, Monotheist with Polytheist, apparently to come to a better understanding of what the other believed and to find some common ground for blending with one another in belief and practice . It was to be a grand e . What movement toward a world fusion-religion was begun in 1893? 9 . How was this Parliament of Religions really a meeting of compromise?
Published on Nov 15, 2012