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The Myth of Influence

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In the March 7, 1998, issue of the Los Angeles Times, the "Religion" section featured an article entitled, "L.A.-Area Seminary Teachers Gather to Ponder the Truth." For the fourth year, the Skirball Institute on American Values drew five seminaries together for discus-sion: St. John's Seminary of the Los Angeles Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Hebrew Union College of Reform Judaism, the University of Judaism of Conservative Judaism, Claremont School of Theology with liberal Protestant connections, and Fuller Theological Seminary with evangelical roots. The article quotes several participants on the positive character of the meeting. The comments of the moderator, Donald Miller of the University of Southern California, captured the spirit of the news report: "There is more similarity of religious views among what Miller called 'progressive' Jews, Catholics and Protestants than there is between orthodox and progressive believers within each faith."

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1 [ Back ] Errol Hulse, Billy Graham: The Pastor's Dilemma (Hounslow: Maurice Allan, 1966), 45.
2 [ Back ] Billy Graham, Just As I Am (New York: Harper, 1998), 358.
3 [ Back ] John Pollock, Billy Graham, The Authorized Biography (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966), 108.
4 [ Back ] Pollock, 103.
5 [ Back ] Graham, 150f.
6 [ Back ] Graham, 169.
7 [ Back ] For confirmation, see Hulse, 18ff.
8 [ Back ] See George Marsden, Reforming Fundamentalism, Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987).
9 [ Back ] Taken from a transcript of an interview conducted by Dr. Robert Schuller with Billy Graham via satellite in June 1997.

W. Robert Godfrey is professor of church history and president of Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California).

Issue: "Unity in the Truth: Ecumenism Without Compromise" Sept./Oct. 1998 Vol. 7 No. 5 Page number(s): 17-19

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