The Nation: The Georgia Deacon's Day

Only three days after accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in Madison Square Garden, Jimmy Carter stood before his regular, adult Sunday-school class in Plains, Ga., explaining the biblical declaration that "God is love." The contrast between the two settings could hardly have been greater, but Carter was equally at home in both.

Inside the white-steepled Plains Baptist Church, where he has taught Sunday school for the better part of two decades, he took note of the swollen attendance—70 men and women, compared with a usual 22 men. He welcomed the visitors, including a number of journalists, among them TIME'S Stanley Cloud. Apparently...

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