Religion: Prickly Preacher

To the businessmen-trustees who controlled it, Indianapolis' Second Presbyterian Church was long on status, short on liturgical demands, spare on social and educational sidelights—an only-on-Sundays kind of church whose minister preached soothing sermons. But all that was before the stormy ministry of Dr. Paul Franklin Hudson, 47, who came from Pittsburgh in July of 1960 to take over.

In Dr. Hudson's view, Second Church had strayed from the narrow and uncomfortable Calvinistic path. It did not observe Lent or Advent. The service included no processional, no responsive reading—rarely even the Apostles' Creed. Most...

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