240 History of Wake Forest College
Barrett's plan was democratic and the Baptists of the State and their
Convention were overwhelmingly in favor of it, and voted it without
change except that on a suggestion of James Long, and repeated with
modification by G. W. Paschal, and played up on the editorial page of
the Biblical Recorder of December 4, 1912, Convention week, the
Convention voted that the three boards were to continue to elect but
subject to confirmation by the Convention. A committee appointed
for the purpose secured from the next session of the Legislature the
changes in the charter ordered by the Convention.10 The changed
charter provided six year terms for trustees of the various boards, one-
third elected every two years. Otherwise, there was practically no
change, since the Convention never refused to confirm the choice of
trustees made by the boards, nor indeed was there any reason why it
should. All were content and probably would have remained so, but
for the fact that about the year 1920 alarm was engendered among the
Christians of the South, and in particular among the Baptists, lest the
Bible be discredited by the teaching of evolution in our colleges. This
alarm did not originate in North Carolina, nor did it attain here the
proportions it attained in some other Southern States, in several of
which members of faculties of denominational colleges were required
to sign statements that they accepted as literally true all the Bible
from Genesis to Revelation. As a comprehensive account of this
matter, so far as it affected the College, has been given in another
chapter, it is omitted here.
However, in the discussion of evolution, which had become general
throughout the State and often in Baptist Associations and churches,
the conviction had grown that Wake Forest College, which in all
discussions was chiefly named, and our other educational and
benevolent institutions should be more certainly under the control of
the Convention. As a step towards effecting this end resolutions were
introduced at the Convention of 1925 by W. C. Barrett and B. W.
Spilman, both alumni of the College,
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10
Rev. Baylus Cade was a strong supporter of the Barrett plan before the
Convention.
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