Over at The Anxious Bench, historian Philip Jenkins asks, “what will future scholars of Christianity highlight when they write the history of the 2010s? What tremors reshaped the landscape of faith?” Here is part of Jenkins’s answer: I would start with the papacy of Francis in the Roman Catholic church, with all that has meant … Continue reading What Will American Religious Historians Say About the 2010s?
Christian Right leader Paige Patterson virtually destroyed Southwestern before he was finally ousted. New president Adam Greenway is trying to bring the Fort Worth seminary back. Check out Ian Lovett ‘s piece at The Wall Street Journal. A taste: After the Rev. Adam W. Greenway stepped to the podium during his inauguration as the ninth president … Continue reading Can Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Make a Comeback?
While we were hosting the #2 women’s volleyball team in the nation (NCAA Division III), I heard another Twitter battle erupted over the definition of “evangelical.” The debate is summarized by religious historian Jesse Curtis at his blog Colorblind Christians. Here is a taste: In recent days an evangelical twitter tempest has reemerged, this time over … Continue reading On “Evangelical Leaders”
Watch this video. Last month I wrote a post titled “Big Changes at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.” I wrote about the Fort Worth, Texas seminary’s decision to remove stained glass windows devoted to two architects of of the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention: Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler. Both men were accused of … Continue reading Liberty University Took Some of the Old Southwestern Seminary Stained Glass Windows
It has been a rough couple of years at Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and for the Southern Baptist Convention generally. We have learned a lot about the dark underbelly of the so-called “conservative takeover” of the Convention that took place in the 1980s. Here are just a few of my posts over the … Continue reading Big Changes at Southwestern Theological Seminary
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, is at it again: Jeffress is quick to condemn such “hate speech.” Yes, this is the same guy who: Has not addressed in any substantial way the sexual abuse problems happening in his own denomination. Said that Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court … Continue reading Court Evangelical Seizes on Ilhan Omar’s Remarks to Score Points for Trump
The National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have endorsed “Fairness for All,” a legislative initiative to protect religious liberties alongside liberties for the LGBTQ community. This means that these organizations are endorsing so-called Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) laws, or laws that add sexual orientation and gender identity … Continue reading The National Association of Evangelicals and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Adopt a “Fairness for All” Motion
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Radicals: John Reed, Alice Paul, Randolph Bourne, Max Eastman, and Walter Lippman Whose voices count at the University of Nebraska? Sabbath is a radical idea This piece on Serena is worth thinking about Civic reawakening Jackson Lears on the 1960s Andrew Sullivan reviews Jill Lepore’s … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Paige Patterson loyalists are looking for payback. Some big donors to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are threatening to withhold their donations unless the Patterson case is reopened. Not familiar with the Patterson case? Get up to speed with these posts. Julie Zauzmer has the story at The Washington Post. Here is a taste: Thousands of Southern Baptist … Continue reading The Southern Baptist Story That Will Not Go Away
Here is a taste: In the last several months, the #MeToo movement has found its way to one of the largest Protestant denominations in America — the Southern Baptist Convention. While this year’s annual meeting did address issues related to Paige Patterson, the former SBC Theological Seminary president, and how women are treated in the church, … Continue reading My Latest Piece at *Sojourners*: Pence’s Visit to the Southern Baptist Convention
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Can the Southern Baptist Convention Think of Any More Ways to Shoot Itself in the Foot? Virginia Southern Baptist Pastor: Replace Pence Speech With a Time of Prayer Black Evangelicals and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision More on the … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has announced that Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking tomorrow at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas as part of the denomination’s annual meeting. At a time when the SBC needs to get its house in order, heal wounds, and discuss how it can move forward together, … Continue reading Can the Southern Baptist Convention Think of Any More Ways to Shoot Itself in the Foot?
Check out Adelle Banks‘s piece at RNS on Paige Patterson‘s decision to forego delivering the sermon at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas next week. Here is a taste: “The mood of the Southern Baptist Convention right now would be similar to that of the country after Watergate,” said Russell Moore, … Continue reading Russell Moore: “The mood of the Southern Baptist Convention right now would be similar to that of the country after Watergate”
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Are the Philadelphia Eagles Part of the 19%? Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem? Some Quick Thoughts on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Southeastern Seminary: “At this time there has been no evidence discovered that disputes … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
Check out this excellent blog post by Eric Price, a Th.M student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Here is a taste of “Southern Baptists: The Gatekeepers of Christian Orthodoxy?“: The Southern Baptist twittersphere has been up in arms about the Revoice Conference. One of the most extensive criticisms is from Owen Strachan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Strachan’s … Continue reading Hey Southern Baptists: What Is Your Problem?
I am not a scholar of religion in the American South. Nor am I an expert on the Southern Baptists or the so-called “conservative resurgence” in the 1980s. But ever since I started writing posts about this whole Paige Patterson mess, people (mostly non-Southern Baptists) have been asking me for good books on the history … Continue reading The History of the “Conservative Resurgence” in the Southern Baptist Convention
Here is the official statement from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: During the last few weeks Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has walked through a situation that began when our administration was contacted by a former student who was the victim of an alleged sexual assault in 2003. Dr. Danny Akin, president of SEBTS, communicated the … Continue reading Southeastern Seminary: “At this time there has been no evidence discovered that disputes or discredits our former student’s account”
The New York Times conservative columnist connects the Patterson scandal at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to the age of Trump. Here is a taste: Among Trump-supporting religious believers, the long odds he overcame to win the presidency are often interpreted as a providential sign: Only God could have put Donald Trump in the White House, which means … Continue reading Ross Douthat on the “Baptist Apocalypse”
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Did Paige Patterson Take Letters Dealing With an Alleged Rape from the Southeastern Seminary Archives? This Time Paige Patterson is REALLY Out at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Warren Throckmorton is Out at Patheos What Patheos Bloggers are Saying … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
A few days ago, in a post on April Armstrong’s powerful piece on life at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I wrote: “I imagine we will hear more stories like the ones April Armstrong has shared at the website #SBCToo: Breaking the Southern Baptist Seminary Silence.” Sadly, it looks like I was correct. Paige Patterson is now out completely … Continue reading Southwestern Baptist Seminary is Dragged (Kicking and Screaming) into the #MeToo Era