Religion: Fundamentalist Front

A fundamentalist opponent of the Federal Council of Churches—the American Council of Christian Churches—set itself up last week. But instead of showing fundamentalism's strength among U.S. Protestants, the move showed its weakness. The American Council's only two constituent denominations are the Bible Protestants and the Bible Presbyterians—two sects which together have only 125 churches and some 35,000 members. Furthermore, not a single church of 50,000 members or more seems likely to join the American Council as a body. Comparable figures for the Federal Council: 22 denominations with 134,702 churches and 25,075,462 members—more than two-thirds of all U.S. Protestantism.

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