Religion: Riverside Church

When Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick accepted the call to the Park Avenue Baptist Church, he made three conditions: that the Church should erect a new building near Columbia University, should open its membership to all Christians regardless of dogma and should not insist upon the principle of Baptism by immersion. The Church agreed. It would go a long way to get Dr. Fosdick, the most celebrated pulpit-orator of his generation.

The last two conditions were not difficult to meet. They were matters of doctrine; a meeting, a solemn announcement, and the thing was done....

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