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America’s First Baptist President

posted on October 20, 2015

For First Things, Timothy George writes about the first Baptist president in U.S. history, President Warren G. Harding. Harding biographer Francis Russell writes, “After [Harding’s] first college encounter with the doctrine of evolution, he imagined himself a free thinker, even an atheist, although he would soon relapse into a mild Baptist conformity untouched by his mother’s zeal.” Towards the end of his life, Harding addressed the Third Congress of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Sweden: “I believe with all my heart that nothing is more needed in the world today than the practical application of the spirit of Christ.”

Read at First Things