Baptists from great city congregations, from lonely mountain missions and from comfortable smalltown pastorates, gathered in Washington last week for the Northern Baptist Convention. They gathered to state opinions that were burning within them and to ask questions that had been troubling their reins this long time. And they gathered in pity and fear, for they faced a problem that might rive their church to its foundations.

Fundamentalism. A most elementary and powerful tenet of the Baptist faith insists that, to be received into the...

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