IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM Fundamentalists consolidate power among Southern Baptists

Gathered last week in four Atlanta auditoriums linked by closed-circuit television, 40,462 ''messengers'' to the annual Southern Baptist Convention clapped their hands and sang, ''Give me that old-time religion; it's good enough for me.'' That is just what they got moments later, when it was announced that they had elected an ardent Fundamentalist as the new president of the nation's largest (14.5 million members) Protestant denomination. The victory of Memphis Pastor Adrian Rogers, who insists upon a strictly literal interpretation of the Bible, marked the eighth consecutive presidential victory for Baptist Fundamentalists since 1979, when they began a determined drive to...

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