Religion: Words & Works

¶ The Southern Baptist Convention, which claims to be the fastest-growing major U.S. denomination, last week released a striking progress report. During 1953, the Southern Baptists built themselves 631 new churches, and increased their church giving by 12.4% for an all-time high of $278,851,129. Sunday-school enrollment showed a gain of 268,072 (present total: 5,759,128), and 361,835 people were baptized. Present membership: 7,886,016.

¶ Executive Director Clifford Petitt of New York City's Protestant Council warned council members about the disproportionately small number of Protestant judges in a city whose church membership is close to 30% Protestant. In Brooklyn, for instance, the ratio of...

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