Religion: Conventions

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¶The 156th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (2,000,000 communicants) met in Chicago's neo-Gothic Fourth Presbyterian Church. To a jampacked audience assembled to elect his successor, lean, ascetic-looking, scholarly Henry Sloane Coffin finished his term as moderator with a slam-bang speech.

Said he: "Had the church succeeded in placing all nations on the heart of her people, we should never have been bedevilled by the hideous pagan isolationism. . . . American Protestant Christianity [is] generally a one-class church. ... It is a sorry and alarming fact that...

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