The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 52, July 1948 - April, 1949 Page: 134
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
hospitals, nursing, medical, and dental schools, two universities
and several colleges and academies, although the numbers in the
last two categories have been curtailed following a period of
overexpansion. The State Convention has increased its endeavors
to aid the Negro and Mexican churches. In recent years steps
have been taken to strengthen the activities of rural churches.
Properties of the denomination became so valuable and diver-
sified that it was necessary to create a special advisory board of
businessmen, headed by Secretary George Mason and known as
the Baptist Foundation, to supervise investments. Since the war,
aid to the Home Mission Board has been materially increased,
while the funds requested for world relief and rehabilitation
have been oversubscribed.
Since 1845, Texas churches have cooperated in the Southern
Baptist Convention. While George W. Truett had served as pres-
ident of that organization and later became president of the
Baptist World Alliance, he, apparently, was not willing to cham-
pion the union movement for the branches of his church in the
United States after the example of his friend and fellow Dallasite,
Bishop John M. Moore of the Methodist Church. The Northern
and Southern branches, white and colored, however, maintain
in Washington a Joint Conference Committee on Public Rela-
tions of Baptists of the United States, and Dr. Dawson left the
First Church, Waco, Texas, last year to become the Executive
In 1917 the Convention pledged support to the government
of the United States in its fight against "autocracy." This action
did not preclude a heated argument with General Funston at
San Antonio concerning preaching in the camps. The Methodists
joined them in their position. Despite misgivings about the weak
League of Nations and the current of pacifistic writings in the
third decade, when so many were duped by the "single cause" of
war writers, Dr. J. B. Tidwell, speaking before the Convention
in 1937, expressed alarm at the rise of the totalitarian states.
The implications for religious freedom he made clear. Alert to
the problems of the postwar world, Rev. Wallace Bassett ad-
dressed the Fort Worth meeting in 1945 on the subject of "The
Spiritual Foundations for World Peace." In the course of his
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