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Century Marks

True confession: During World War I, Harry Emerson Fosdick published a prayer for the Germans: “O God, bless Germany! At war with her people we hate them not at all. . . . We acknowledge before Thee our part in the world’s iniquity. . . . We dare not stand in thy sight and accuse Germany as though she alone were guilty of our international disgrace. We all are guilty.” Charles Biddle, an American pilot, responded to Fosdick’s prayer by pledging to kill as many “Huns” as he could, saying that “if Christianity requires us to forgive them I am afraid I am no Christian” (Church History, March).

 

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