134 History of Wake Forest College
of enlightenment in the service of Christ uncompromised. Such powers as are mine
are at your command for her use and behoof in other directions.
With the warmest appreciation of your confidence and support in the promotion
of our great enterprise, and with the highest deference and respect, I am, Very truly
and very gratefully yours, Wm. Louis Poteat, President.
After his resignation as president, Poteat remained at the College as
professor of biology until his death, March 12, 1938. After the
Wilmington Convention in November, 1926, the Baptists of North
Carolina were willing to forget evolution; they were weary of the long
controversy, and have given their attention to other matters. For the
past seventeen years the teaching of evolution in Wake Forest College
has been one of the least of their worries
An excellent article on the controversy at the time of the Winston-Salem
Convention is that by J. C. Caddell, Biblical Recorder, January 3, 1923. Possibly
Editor Johnson of that paper was wise in keeping discussion out of his columns, but
in so doing he has kept the future historian uninformed of one of the movements
that greatly affected our people. The reader may find a correct but all too brief
statement in regard to it in Mims's book quoted above. One must beware, however,
of thinking as Mims's seems to imply, that resolutions in the Southern Baptist
Convention on the subject of evolution had any great effect in North Carolina; most
often Southern Baptist leaders allowed such resolutions to pass with little show of
opposition in order to get time for more important objects. North Carolina Baptists
disregarded them utterly. During this period a clamor raised by the opposition in
other States caused the program committee of the Southern Baptist Convention to
leave Dr. Poteat off the place they had intended him to have on it.
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