Reuben Alley: The SBC Conflict and Academic Freedom (Southern Baptist Convention) (Essay) - Baptist History and Heritage

Reuben Alley: The SBC Conflict and Academic Freedom (Southern Baptist Convention) (Essay)

By Baptist History and Heritage

  • Release Date - Published: 2011-06-22
  • Book Genre: History
  • Author: Baptist History and Heritage
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Reuben Alley: The SBC Conflict and Academic Freedom (Southern Baptist Convention) (Essay) Baptist History and Heritage read online review & book description:

The controversy that wreaked havoc in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in recent decades has been interpreted from numerous perspectives. That the conflict has two basic descriptors--the Fundamentalist-Moderate Conflict and the Conservative Resurgence--quickly reveals that the story has been and will be interpreted through a variety of lenses. During the conflict, moderates described it as a power struggle led by fundamentalists unwilling to compromise; conservatives emphatically described it in theological terms--as a battle to eradicate liberalism from the SBC. Historical renditions of the controversy have generally focused on changes to the SBC and its agencies at the national level. (1) Interpretations have been offered via personal memoirs or through the eyes of particular churches as well. (2) While the decade of the eighties was clearly the climactic era of the conflict, analysts have cited the precedent setting and foreshadowing role of several skirmishes in earlier decades, in particular the controversy that surrounded Ralph Elliott's interpretation of the biblical book of Genesis in 1962-1963.

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