Religion: Return of the Baptists

Fifty years ago, speakers at the first congress of the Baptist World Alliance pounded the rostrum in London's massive, red brick Royal Albert Hall, predicted that the Alliance's next meeting in London would find the world's 6,000,000 Baptists doubled in number, London's streets less congested, pubs banished and the Church of England separated from the state.

Last week some 9,000 Baptists from 60 countries drove through London's congested streets, past hundreds of pubs and dozens of state-related Anglican churches, back to historic Royal Albert Hall for the first time in 50 years. There, as the Golden Jubilee Congress of the Baptist World...

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