Editorial Introduction -- By: Adam Harwood
JBTM 9:2 (Fall 2012) p. 1
Adam Harwood is Associate Professor of Theology, occupying the McFarland Chair of Theology; Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry; Editor, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The essays in this issue and the next issue of the Journal of Baptist Theology and Ministry (JBTM) comprise a two-part series. These journal issues were prompted by the inimitable response to a soteriological statement drafted by Mississippi pastor Eric Hankins titled “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” Hankins authored the document, also known as the Traditional Statement (TS), in consultation with a group of pastors and professors. After being affirmed by several past presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and other denominational leaders, the TS was circulated among the SBC state executive-directors in May of
Most articles and books which critique Calvinism do so while remaining committed to particular commitments shared by both Calvinists and Arminians. For that reason, most soteriological discussions employ theological definitions and categories informed by the Canons of Dort (
These essays provide a detailed, article-by-article explanation of this statement of “Traditional” Southern Baptist soteriology. As explained in introduction to the TS, the word “Traditional” is not meant to imply that this is the only theological tradition in the SBC and among Baptists. Rather, the word “Traditional” refers to that theological tradition which might also be called the General Baptist or the Sandy Creek or the Mullins-Hobbs-Rogers tradition.
The essays in this issue defend the TS and its unifying presupposition that any person who hears the gospel can be saved. In the opening essay, David Allen, Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary...
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