Protestants: Down the Middle

It was the 21st annual convention of the National Association of Evangelicals, and to many it appeared that the association was coming of age. Founded in 1942 by conservative Protestants who objected to liberal tendencies in the old Federal Council of Churches, the association has sometimes seemed to be the great dissenter of U.S. Christianity. In past conventions, delegates hurled mighty anathemas at their list of enemies of the Gospel—liberal Protestants, Godless Communists, Roman Catholics eager for political influence. "But now we have a position." observes the Rev. Stan Mooneyham of...

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