Sep 15, 2015

Baptist wrestling in 1940

In May 1940, a Baptist church in Jefferson City, Mo. was offering Bible classes, a special "Roger Williams" class for men -- and wrestling:


Evangelical outreach programs that adapt secular entertainments are frequently critiqued as a modern "dumbing down" of Christianity. They're not that modern, though. The old days, it turns out, were a lot like the present.

This photo was one of more than 8,000 taken by John Vachon documenting American life during the Great Depression for the United States Farm Security Administration. Many of these photos are made publicly available by Yale.