Religion: Holy War Ends

The Southern Baptists choose a Fundamentalist future

The Southern Baptist Convention went into last week's decisive annual meeting as one big unhappy family. Big for sure: 14.9 million souls in 37,800 congregations; 7,600 missionaries in the U.S. and 116 foreign lands; $4.6 billion a year in receipts. Unhappy too because of the divisions caused by a populist drive to enforce belief in the inerrancy of the Bible, from Adam and Eve to Paul's authorship of the New Testament epistles bearing his name.

Meeting in the appropriately outsize New Orleans Superdome, delegates blessed the Fundamentalists, voting in as S.B.C. president the Rev. Morris Chapman of Wichita Falls, Texas. He...

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