Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009

Hardcover | August 10, 2009

byGregory Wills

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With 16.3 million members and 44,000 churches, the Southern Baptist Convention 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 stubbornlyconservative, 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 BaptistTheological 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 waysthat 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, theirpopulism 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 nationalhistory.

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With 16.3 million members and 44,000 churches, the Southern Baptist Convention 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 stubbornlyconservative, refusing to adapt their beliefs and pr...

Gregory Wills is Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 1.81 inPublished:August 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195377141

ISBN - 13:9780195377149

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Preface1. Boyce's Seminary2. Making Bricks without Straw: War, Disruption, and Sacrifice3. Modernism's First Martyr: Crawford H. Toy and the Inspiration Controversy4. All Things Made New: The End of the Heroic Age5. William H. Whitsitt, Academic Freedom , and Denominational Control6. E. Y. Mullins, Southern Seminary, and Progressive Theology7. Reasserting Orthodoxy: Mullins and Denominational Leadership8. Orthodoxy, Historical Criticism, and the Challenges of a New Era9. Duke K. McCall and the Struggle for the Seminary's Direction10. Losing Trust: Liberalism and the Limits of Realist Diplomacy11. Declaring Holy War: Roy L. Honeycutt and Popular Control12. The Conservative Takeover13. R. Albert Mohler and the Remaking of Southern Seminary