WHERE IS EVE?—Producer Dino De Laurentiis has launched a search for an unknown girl to play the part of Eve in the forthcoming cinematic extravaganza, The Bible. “The role,” he notes, “calls for a new face and personality. It would be fatal to the part … to cast someone already known to the public or identifiable with other roles.” The Bible, from a script by playwright Christopher Fry, will be released in several sections, the first of which will be the Book of Genesis.

PROTESTANT PANORAMA—The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations voted at its first annual conference in Fargo, North Dakota, to oppose what its president called a “back-to-Rome” movement among world Protestants. In his report, association President John Strand warned that “the fundamental difference between evangelical Protestantism and Catholicism is being forgotten, or, worse still, being ignored.”

Joint sessions are set for the American Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention U. S. A., National Baptist Convention of America, Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, Northern American Baptist General Conference, and the Baptist Federation of Canada in Atlantic City, May 22–24, 1964.

The 14,000 member Evangelical Lutheran Synod, meeting at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota, voted to withdraw from the Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. The action resulted from a dispute with the 2.5 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the largest body in the conference.

Membership in Baptist church bodies of 115 countries now totals 25,198,025 (a gain of 888,487 over a year ago), according to a report by the Baptist World, official publication of the Baptist World Alliance. Most of the increases were registered ...

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