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The Urban PulpitNew York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism$
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Matthew Bowman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199977604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977604.001.0001

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Harry Emerson Fosdick and Baptism at Riverside

Harry Emerson Fosdick and Baptism at Riverside

(p.253) 8 Harry Emerson Fosdick and Baptism at Riverside
The Urban Pulpit

Matthew Bowman

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 evaluates the tumultuous 1920s career of Harry Emerson Fosdick, another Baptist who began the decade in the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church and ended it at Riverside Church, a self-consciously interdenominational edifice built for Fosdick by John D. Rockefeller. Fosdick’s trials demonstrate his stubborn insistence that the liberal and evangelical impulses could exist simultaneously. That Fosdick’s interlocutors equally aggressively insisted that Fosdick was not an evangelical illustrates how deep – but also, in other ways, how shallow – the cleavages in evangelicalism in the early twentieth century were.

Keywords:   Riverside Church, Liberalism, Baptism, Preaching

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