The tempest that closed down the Plains Baptist Church on the eve of last fall's presidential election blew up again last week. Result: the Rev. Bruce Edwards, 30, resigned the pastorate he had held since January 1975.

Edwards' opposition to a 1965 resolution barring "Negroes and other civil rights agitators" from membership in the church where Jimmy Carter used to worship nearly cost the pastor his job last October. Last week he was ambushed by a faction that demanded he be fired. After several hours of bitter debate, Edwards agreed to leave his post April 30.

Carter, who joined Edwards in...

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