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In fact, there are many who say that this very effort to find a a8 Christian Attitudes towards the State of Israel concensus of the whole Christian community on large matters has only caused tension and even consternation within the Church of Christ, while doing nothing to raise the moral level of decision making that takes place in the company of the politicians of the world. Adding to the fascination of this exercise of comparing and contrasting the accomplishments of Zionism and the wcc is this stark truth: that the one issue on which it has proved most difficult for the wcc to encourage unanimity among Christians has been the issue of Israel.
Senior Orthodox clergy attached to Constantinople, including some from North America, did attend but were noticeably cautious about making life difficult for fellow Orthodox Christians behind the Iron Curtain. L. Hromodka of Prague was present to explain that socialist systems were currently the best embodiment of the teaching of Christ. " At its formation in 1948, there were 144 member churches, coming from forty-four different countries. By 1996 the wcc had expanded to 320 member bodies. Today, the wcc contains almost all the major Church bodies of the Western world (with the exception of the Roman Catholics and Unitarians), nearly all the Eastern Orthodox churches, and about two hundred other churches in the non-Western world.
Orthodox) Jews in Israel and in the us. This surprised many of the conservative Christians themselves, most of whom had been raised in a milieu where (to put it mildly) Jews were not ordinarily held up as role models. But now a new sort of philo-Judaism was becoming common in evangelical and fundamentalist ranks. Evangelical and fundamentalist educators moved to Israel to set up facilities for learning the Hebrew language and the history of Israel and the Jews. Bible colleges in the us increased their offerings on the Hebrew language and Judaism.