The Current SBC Calvinism Debate: Observations, Clarifications, And Suggestions -- By: David L. Allen
JBTM 9:2 (Fall 2012) p. 3
The Current SBC Calvinism Debate: Observations, Clarifications, And Suggestions
David L. Allen is Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Preaching, and George W. Truett Chair of Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
The release of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” in the summer of
Two things are crystal clear. The issue of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention is not going away, and finding our way forward is not going to be easy. Calvinism is viewed through many prisms in the SBC. Some see it as absolutely vital to the health and prosperity, both theological and otherwise, of the SBC. Others view it as theologically flawed, a niggling nuisance spawning various levels of problems, including divisiveness, in the churches. Regardless of which camp you are in, or somewhere in the middle, Southern Baptists need to proceed with caution in the days ahead. When it comes to Calvinism in the SBC, a fair amount of misinformation, misinterpretation, misunderstanding, and misrepresentation characterizes the current climate. This makes it difficult for most to cut through the discrepant fog.
The first place to begin, it seems to me, is with our common ground. As Southern Baptists, our agreements outnumber or disagreements. We agree:
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