Though it is not popular in current Southern Baptist life to speak of two of our seminaries as representing Southern Baptist Calvinism, the seminaries’ own confession and guiding doctrinal document, the Abstract of Principles (AP), is a strong four-point Calvinist confession of faith. This document is to guide doctrinal teaching on the points it addresses [...]
I recently wrote about the myth of Sandy Creek Non-Calvinism. Richard Land has also furthered the narrative that Sandy Creek represents a Southern Baptist tradition that is doctrinally distinct from the Calvinism of the Charleston Association. Dr. Gregory Wills, Professor of Church History, Associate Dean, Theology and Tradition, and Director of the Center for the Study of [...]
I have been researching Baptist history and confessionalism for the past year. One issue that has confused me has been the theological identity of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association (Sandy Creek) in North Carolina. Sandy Creek, organized in 1758, is the third oldest Baptist association in the United States, behind the Philadelphia (1707) and Charleston (1751) associations. [...]
The Louisiana Baptist Convention was founded as the Louisiana Baptist Association (LBA) on October 31, 1818. The LBA was comprised of five churches with a combined membership of eighty-six. The first meeting is described in ”History of Beulah Baptist Church“: Ezekiel O’Quinn, pastor of Beulah Church, preached the sermon and was elected moderator. Other delegates were [...]
Edgar Young Mullins (1860-1928) served as the fourth president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s first seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mullins’ book Baptist Beliefs (1912) is one of his most popular writings. His commentary on the Calvinistic New Hampshire Declaration of Faith found at the end of Baptist Beliefs gives an interesting historical perspective on the [...]
A Special Thanks to Robert Vaughn for finding this letter and putting this article together. You can read his other guest post here. Robert blogs at http://baptistsearch.blogspot.com. Francis Wayland was a long-time president of Brown University in Providence, RI. According to Albert Mohler, he was “… one of the most significant educators in antebellum America…” He was [...]
While reading Henry Sheet’s A History of the Liberty Baptist Association, I came across an interesting historical parallel of the Primitive Baptist movement and the recent New Traditionalist movement within the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Southern Baptist Convention is touted as the largest Protestant denomination in the United States with approximately 16,000,000 members. There is much to assess and address regarding those 16,000,000 Southern Baptists, one question being, “How many of those millions know the purpose of the Southern Baptist Convention?”
We are excited to be giving away a new hardback copy of Southern Baptist statesman James P. Boyce’s Abstract of Systematic Theology.
The doctrine of original sin has been under much discussion as of late. Historically associated with the doctrine of original sin is the understanding of imputed guilt. Imputed guilt is the doctrine that the original sinful act of Adam and the corresponding guilt is reckoned to all of his posterity as though they had performed [...]
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