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Eugene Routh resigns as editor of the Baptist Standard


On this day in 1927, Eugene Routh submitted his resignation as editor of the Baptist Standard, effective in March 1928.Routh, born in Plum, Texas, in 1874, graduated from the University of Texas in 1897 and was ordained as a Baptist minister four years later. In 1907 he became editor of the Baptist Visitor, published in San Antonio. When this paper was consolidated with Dallas's Baptist Standard in 1912, Routh was appointed associate editor under J. B. Gambrell; he was named editor two years later. Routh's fourteen-year tenure as Standard editor encompassed a period of turmoil. He supported the biblical creationist position in the nationwide controversy over the teaching of evolution in the public schools, but opposed compulsory reading of the Bible in public educational institutions. Although personally opposed to the views of sensationalist Fort Worth minister J. Frank Norris, Routh attempted to keep the Standard neutral during the events that led to Norris's expulsion from the Southern Baptist Convention in the mid-1920s. Routh resigned when his temperate policy met with disapproval, though he went on to edit two other Baptist publications before retiring in 1948. He died in Dallas in 1966.

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