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Uestions regarding the orthodoxy of Dale Moody and Ralph Elliott propelled the Southern Baptist Convention SBC toward a re evaluation of its doctrinal statement the Baptist Faith and Message BFM The SBC adopted this document in 1925 under the leadership of E Y Mullins when faced by the challenge of modernism This dissertation argues that the 1962 Committee on Baptist Faith and Message produced a document that expressed subtle shifts in Baptist theology This shift had the effect of assuring the conservative base while allowing enough latitude in interpretation for those serving in the academy to teach progressive views After a first introductory chapter chapters 2 and 3 trace the historical developments leading to the formation of the Committee Biblical inspiration and interpretation were key concerns but as chapter 3 demonstrates other concerns drew the attention of the Committee Chapters 4 and 5 deal with the ever sensitive issue of the relationship between Bapt This is a history of the changes made to the Southern Baptist statement of faith back in 1963 There were two significant motives for making these changes The first was the controversial statements and works that were coming from key individuals in the baptist seminaries The second was the tumultous social changes that were happening in the late 50s and early 60s Namely civil rights the election of a catholic president and communism The changes made are instructive for us today for two reasons The first is that they found a way to create wording on significant controversial areas that would not compromise their belief but still keep it open enough to include other positions that might disagree This is a lesson that our ever divided and divisive modern society could learn fromThe second change was an example of what not to do The SBC was born out of racism They were essentially created from a split as

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Ist confessionalism soul liberty and soul competency Each chapter examines how Baptist confessionalism functioned in relation to these concepts Chapter 6 examines in detail the work of the Committee itself and looks at those persons or groups who influenced the outcome of the Committee's work Of special note are the contributions made by Wayne Ward Leo Garrett the religion faculty of Mercer University and the theology faculty of Southern Seminary Chapter 7 examines four areas where the 1963 BFM altered the confessional expression of Baptist doctrines 1 Scripture; 2 Man; 3 Salvation; 4 The Church Chapter 8 is the conclusion Four appendices contain early drafts of the Committee's work A J Smith's work on the production of the 1963 version of the Baptist Faith and Message is fascinating It is a case study of how culture personality theological conviction and theological compromise all coalesce in producing a document that frustrated Southern Baptists on the left and AJ Smith in his book The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message seeks to establish that Herschel H Hobbs attempted to avoid a division within the Southern Baptist denomination by altering the Baptist Faith and Message in such a way as to appease both the conservative and liberal factions in that denomination He does so by exploring the background of the controversy leading to the revision discussing the factors involved in the debate and finally explaining the revisions that were made Controversy erupted among the Southern Baptist Convention as two Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professors challenged the traditional and conservative understandings of Scripture held by most SBC pastors Professor Dale Moody espoused an ecumenical philosophy which appeared to challenge long held views concerning the eternal security of the believer Professor Ralph Elliott published The Message of Genesis wh

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On the right for 37 years Smith shows the variety of theological dynamics that led to the necessity for such a confession and uncovers from archival material the complex interpersonal relationships that played such a large part in the final form of the Message This is a great read for anyone interested in Baptist theological dynamics or the nature of evangelical negotiation in the twentieth century Tom J Nettles Professor of Historical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville Kentucky A J Smith is Associate Pastor for Worship and Administration at Seven Springs Baptist Church Calera Alabama and an Adjunct Professor of Church History for Liberty Theological Seminary's Distance Learning Program He taught at Simmons College of Kentucky from 2004 to 2006 and has spoken before professional societies on Baptist history systematic theology and patristic theology He has authored an article that appears in the new Holman Illustrated Bible Dictiona In his historical account of revising the Southern Baptist Confession of Faith in 1963 the author s thesis is that it was the desire of Herschel Hobbs to avert an immediate denominational split through the reformulation of key historic Baptist doctrines p8 He did this with consistent application of the accepted views of soul competency and the role of Baptist confessions that were integral in the 1925 confession produced by the leadership of EY Mullins a theological forerunner revered by Hobbs p8 This theme is repeated in the book for example The problem as Hobbs saw it lay in steering a middle course between liberalism and fundamentalism p33 The author AJ Smith has been a faculty member of the Liberty University School of Divinity since 2006 as an assistant professor of Church History and an adjunct professor at Judson College and New Orleans Theological Seminary He is the senior


6 thoughts on “The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message

  1. says:

    This is a history of the changes made to the Southern Baptist statement of faith back in 1963 There were two significant motives for making these changes The first was the controversial statements and works that were comin

  2. says:

    AJ Smith in his book The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message seeks to establish that Herschel H Hobbs attempted to avoid a division within the Southern Baptist denomination by altering the Baptist Faith an

  3. says:

    In his historical account of revising the Southern Baptist Confession of Faith in 1963 the author’s thesis is that it was

  4. says:

    This is a published dissertation I had to read for a Christian history class I’m taking in grad school I won’t say much because I’m supposed to write a book critiue for my class and I need to save my words for it Reading through it was kind of a struggle because it’s still in dissertation form instead of being altered for publication I really felt like I absorbed a lot about 20th century Baptist history and how theology shifted i

  5. says:

    If I gathered correctly from the introduction this book is Smith's doctoral dissertation or at least an edited copy of that dissertation As such those interested in Baptist theology will find it of interest others will pro

  6. says:

    Read this book for class and found it to be incredibly organized presenting the information clearly and concisely Coming fr

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