Religion: Baptists in Russia

From the heart of a country once called godless came a plea for Christians in the U.S. and Great Britain to pray for Russia's victory. If the plea was strange, the source was stranger: it came from 4,000,000 Russian Baptists. The U.S. knew about its own Baptists, but the U.S. had never heard of the Russian Baptist Church, which claimed some two-thirds as many members as the Northern and Southern Baptists combined. Gasped the Roman Catholic Brooklyn Tablet: "This mass production of baptists . . . verges on the incredible."

The Russian Baptists are Biblical fundamentalists; they sprang from German Protestantism. Unlike...

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