Religion: Baptists at Work

"It's hard to find Baptists who agree on anything, except that the Devil ought to be trimmed down a little bit." So cracked a Baptist last week at the 43rd annual meeting of the Northern Baptist Convention in San Francisco. But the 2,727 delegates and 2,292 visitors who met for four days in the city's huge, dusty-looking Civic Auditorium surprised themselves by their harmony.

The only major source of discord among Baptists is something which began back in 1845. In that year, after a missionary society decision to employ no missionaries who owned slaves, the Baptists from the South walked out and...

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