Years ago I wrote about the tendency of modernist, evolution-minded, progressive, pacifist theists to live long lives. Someone once asked Vida Scudder the secret of her longevity. She said that she was a liberal who nurtured many projects, and she had to get up each morning to see how they were doing. I recall the very senior Charles Clayton Morrison, decades-long editor of this magazine, chastising some of us younger editors in the 1950s for including Eastern Orthodoxy in our ecumenical scope and hope. “If you include them, I may not see the day of ecumenical fulfillment,” he said.
Nowadays there are not too many modernist, evolution-minded, progressive, pacifist theists around. But members of another tribe may be enjoying similar longevity. I speak of Lutheran ministers, whose deaths get chronicled in the Lutheran. My family called my attention to the April issue, which gives a current accounting.