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 [...]
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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Great Southern Baptist theologian and first Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President James P. Boyce addresses the doctrine of reprobation or double predestination in his Abstract of Systematic Theology. Many Southern Baptists today have never heard of this biblical doctrine nor know that it has a rich history in Southern Baptist life. In light of this, I [...]
From the very beginning of the Southern Baptist Convention, the doctrine of inerrancy has been affirmed and treasured by Southern Baptists. Three of the founding professors of the Southern Baptist Convention’s first seminary give insight into their beliefs on inerrancy being a biblical and necessary doctrine.
When James P. Boyce envisioned a seminary that would serve the Southern Baptist Convention faithfully, his vision included two founding principles. 1. The seminary should always conform to scripture truth. 2. The seminary should always be subordinate to the convention in order to serve Southern Baptist churches. To ensure the seminary did not wander from [...]
James Petigru Boyce (1827-1888), the founding president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, affirmed the federal headship of Adam and the doctrine of original sin. On whether man inherits guilt and is under condemnation prior to actual personal transgression, Boyce writes: Consequently, at the very moment of birth, the presence and possession of such a [...]
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