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Religion Must Become Unifying Instead of Divisive Force in U.S. Life, Fosdick Warns

May 14, 1947
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Religion should cease being a divisive force, increasing disruption in American democracy, and “should exercise its rightful, unifying power to bring men together,” the Rev. Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick said tonight,at a dinner meeting of the Institute for Religious and Social Studies.

The noted minister told 60 officers of ministerial associations representing more than 20 denominations in the New York metropolitan area that it was of “special urgency” for Judaism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism “to endeavor to achieve ?utual understanding and to discover new ways of cooperating for the common good. “This important work is going forward on many fronts,” he said, “one of the most significant of which is the Institute for Religious and Social Studies.

He stressed the importance of the activities carried on by the Institute, which arranges courses and discussion groups for religious and educational leaders of the three faiths. Director of the Institute is Prof. Louis Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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