Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009

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With 16.3 million members and 44,000 churches, the Southern Baptist Church is the largest Baptist group in the world, and the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Unlike the so-called mainstream Protestant denominations, Southern Baptists have remained stubbornly conservative, refusing to adapt their beliefs and practices to modernity's individualist and populist values. Instead, they have held fast to traditional orthodoxy in such fundamental areas as biblical inspiration, creation, conversion, and miracles. Gregory Wills argues that Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has played a fundamental role in the persistence of conservatism, not entirely intentionally. Tracing the history of the seminary from the beginning to the present, Wills shows how its foundational commitment to preserving orthodoxy was implanted in denominational memory in ways that strengthened the denomination's conservatism and limited the seminary's ability to stray from it. In a set of circumstances in which the seminary played a central part, Southern Baptists' populist values bolstered traditional orthodoxy rather than diminishing it.
In the end, says Wills, their populism privileged orthodoxy over individualism. The story of Southern Seminary is fundamental to understanding Southern Baptist controversy and identity. Wills's study sheds important new light on the denomination that has played - and continues to play - such a central role in our national history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 45.72mm | 997.9g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195377141
  • 9780195377149
  • 1,792,294

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Boyce's Seminary ; 2. Making Bricks without Straw: War, Disruption, and Sacrifice ; 3. Modernism's First Martyr: Crawford H. Toy and the Inspiration Controversy ; 4. All Things Made New: The End of the Heroic Age ; 5. William H. Whitsitt, Academic Freedom , and Denominational Control ; 6. E. Y. Mullins, Southern Seminary, and Progressive Theology ; 7. Reasserting Orthodoxy: Mullins and Denominational Leadership ; 8. Orthodoxy, Historical Criticism, and the Challenges of a New Era ; 9. Duke K. McCall and the Struggle for the Seminary's Direction ; 10. Losing Trust: Liberalism and the Limits of Realist Diplomacy ; 11. Declaring Holy War: Roy L. Honeycutt and Popular Control ; 12. The Conservative Takeover ; 13. R. Albert Mohler and the Remaking of Southern Seminary
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This magisterial saga reads almost like a novel ... But the book's primary strength is outstanding historiography ... Wills tells Southern Seminary's unusual story in a gripping, inspiring way. * Andrew David Naselli, Themelios *
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About Gregory A. Wills

Professor of Church History, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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