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William Sloane Coffin Jr.A Holy Impatience$
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Warren Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102215

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102215.001.0001

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Down by the Riverside

Down by the Riverside

(p.284) Thirteen Down by the Riverside
William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Warren Goldstein

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the Stanton Street Baptist Church in downtown Manhattan, which had undergone physical moves as well as congregational transformations. From the early teens, it had stood for theological liberalism against the fundamentalist tide that swept over much American Protestantism in the 1920s. Its best-known minister had been Harry Emerson Fosdick, a remarkable preacher who became deeply embroiled in the modernist-fundamentalist controversies of that decade. Forced to resign from the First Presbyterian Church in New York, Fosdick was hired as the preaching minister by the Park Avenue Baptist Church, Riverside's immediate predecessor. He set conditions: first, no doctrinal or denominational barriers could be placed in the way of potential members; second, the congregation had to commit to a new building.

Keywords:   congregational transformations, Stanton Street Baptist Church, theological liberalism, fundamentalist tide, American Protestantism

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