This debate is one of the most famous of the debates on Institutionalism. Both participants were well qualified to represent their respective positions. This discussion was held in Birmingham, Alabama in 1957. The issue of "Congregational Cooperation" can be thoroughly studied in this debate from every point of view.
These issues divided churches of Christ in the past and are relevant for our study today. This debate is being reprinted with the hope that it will be of great help in determining the basic principles and attitudes involved in this great conflict as well as serving as a guide in determining what the Word of God really teaches on these questions.