Moral Contradictions

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I must say...

...that the role bloggers had in the SBC Presidential election is intriguing and certainly a first.

The more I write this blog, the less I want to even lend space to talking about the SBC as I'm becoming more and more convinced that part of moving on is saying goodbye. Stalking in the shadows benefits no one and takes away precious time to ascertain and act on God's will.

Yet, everyone, Christian or non-Christian, should take note to yet another example of the potential influence of blogs.


  • I know the Southern Baptist church split a while back.

    There is the "moderate" side, where I attend service every now and then; and the fundamentalist, fire and brimstone, the "Bible is not an allegory but historical accounts of EXACTLY what happened," including Jonah, fiery furnaces and all.

    Does this new president belong to the moderate faction?!?

    I've always been fascinated that Southern Baptist preachers are often more progressive than their flock; after all, their roots are certainly from a liberal perspective and the Roger Williams vision of no church dogma but a spirit led individual relationship with God.

    I hope you respond, 'cause I'd really like to learn the scoop on the poop.

    By Blogger Howling Latina, at Thursday, June 15, 2006 8:24:00 PM  

  • HL, you're correct about the SBC splitting... by and large, moderates left in the early 1990s when A. after suffering numerous yet close defeats and B. the spirit to continue waging political fighting wore down as the moderates' hearts were more for missions versus doctrine. The fights were ugly, brutal, and nasty, making quite a few literally sick to their stomachs, and some folks' lives were shortened by the stress and grief.

    So yeah, the short answer is that no, Frank Page is not a moderate as defined by moderates who made up a large segment of the SBC pre-1991. Most left and formed the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, or CBF. The leaders of the "fundamentalist takeover" (moderate vernacular) or "conservative resurgence (fundamentalist conservative vernacular) have all supported one candidate to carry the banner. That candidate lost this year.

    My position is that underlying goal of the takeover was more about gaining power and control rather than doctrine. Doctrine was used as propaganda to win support. After pushing moderates out, the goal was to keep power - dissent was squelched for fear of being pushed out like the moderates. Questioning authority was perceived as a threat, much like the blogs are as demonstrated by their effect.

    Eventually, the SBC was destined to eat its own - once you open that Pandora's box of narrowing doctrinal parameters, it's difficult to close. Many moderates have predicted this day, and merely shake their head as the events unfold.

    Anyways - that's how I see it. Bruce Gourley works at the Center for Baptist Studies in Macon, Georgia. They have some good info at their site:

    Additionally, for a more comprehensive history, check out Bruce's personal site and scroll down to The Southern Baptist Controversy and Beyond.

    Another artice detailing some of the effects from 1995-2000 is here.

    Hope that helps to clear some things up.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Thursday, June 15, 2006 8:58:00 PM  

  • Yep, our church was mired in "King James" versus "Good News."

    The good news was that "Good News" won.

    Quite a few centrist Baptist churches are still around. Westover in Manassas and Warrenton Baptist in Warrenton:)

    By Blogger Howling Latina, at Friday, June 16, 2006 6:27:00 PM  

  • Oh, one more query. How are blogs helpful?!?

    By Blogger Howling Latina, at Friday, June 16, 2006 6:44:00 PM  

  • Blogs helped this year's convention by giving messengers alternative and more wide-spread communication, much to the chagrin of the leaders. The blogs were able to interview candidates, discuss controversial issues, and cut through the political junk.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Friday, June 16, 2006 9:52:00 PM  


    Good article summarizing everything going on.

    By Blogger Nathan, at Saturday, June 17, 2006 10:08:00 AM  

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