Religion: No Errors?

The Baptists and the Bible

As president of the nation's biggest Protestant group, the 13.2 million-member Southern Baptist Convention, Texas Pastor Jimmy Allen promoted a gargantuan vision of reaching the entire globe for Christ by A.D. 2000. So overwhelming is that task, said he, that "we don't have time nor need to debate the authority and accuracy of the Bible." But at this month's Houston convention, where tempers were as hot as the fiery furnace, the Baptists elected as Allen's successor a man who could not disagree more.

The new president is Adrian Rogers, 48, pastor of an 11,000-member Memphis church and uncompromising...

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