Protestants: Preaching from the Heights

Some religious leaders are mighty hard acts to follow. What Pope, for example, would seem charismatic after John XXIII? When Harry Emerson Fosdick retired as minister of Manhattan's interdenominational, cathedral-size Riverside Church in 1946, many Christian leaders wondered how its pulpit committee could possibly find the right man to succeed the nation's best-known liberal Protestant preacher. Last week, when Fosdick's successor announced his intention to retire in June because of a heart condition, the same kind of question was asked: Where could the committee find a proper successor to the Rev. Robert James McCracken?

Both Fosdick* and McCracken are Baptists—but...

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