The World Council Of Churches And Politics

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The World Council Of Churches And Politics

By J. A. Amerson Vermaat
Freedom House, 1989
136 pp.
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The extensive foreign policy interests and activities of the World Council of Churches is a legitimate area of investigation and deserves unbiased analysis. Unfortunately this book does not provide it. Rather, the author, a Dutch journalist, is obsessed with Soviet influence over the WCC and falls just short of calling it a Soviet front. He is critical of the support for "liberation theology" in Central America, of the program to combat racism in South Africa (which includes limited financial assistance to the ANC and SWAPO), of the Council's positions on Afghanistan and on human rights in Asia, and of a perceived tilt toward the Soviet line in nuclear disarmament. Nevertheless, if one sets aside the shrill rhetoric one can still learn a great deal about the international activities of the world's foremost non-Catholic church organization.

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