Religion: Baptists in Russia

Enemy to the Russian Orthodox Church is the Soviet Government. But Soviets can be subtle. To combat orthodoxy they chose not atheism or agnosticism, but Baptist and Methodist missionaries. The Soviet plan: to foster Baptist activities and thus enfeeble orthodoxy. This was in 1921. Last week the shrewd Soviets had to admit they had blundered.

In the U. S. the Baptists, whose membership verges on 10,000,000 baptized souls, achieved their greatest potency not so much by their religious beliefs alone as by founding countless welfare homes, over 90 colleges and universities. In Russia likewise,...

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