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The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. By A.J. Smith. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2008, 201pp. + xi, $31.00.The intended purpose of the book The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message, written by Almer Jesse Smith, was to provide a solid argument through using in depth research and evidence, to support what Herschel Hobbs desired to do through by his work. This specific work was designed to prevent a prompt shift of denomination from happening. “Hobbs did this by a consistent application of the accepted views of soul competency and the role of Baptists confessions outlined in the Preamble” (p. 2). Throughout this book critique, two strengths and weaknesses will be highlighted to determine whether the author has equipped his book properly with the materials needed in support of his writing. There are three important key concepts that Smith alludes to throughout the book. The concepts are, "The functional role of confessions within the Baptist tradition, how theological trends shaped the confessional expression of the Southern Baptist Convention, and how the 1963Committee on Baptist Faith and Message carried on its work under the leadership of Herschel H.Hobbs" (p. 3). These specific concepts serve as a strong foundation and backbone for the basis ofthe book. In addition to these concepts, there are eight chapters that consists of a profound amount of useful information to further educate the reader on the history surrounding the Southern Baptist and its' faith statement. The first four chapters in this book include an introduction, historical and contextual analysis, confessions, and concerns. The focus of these chapters is to provide a detailed statementreflecting the studies that were carried out by Smith pertaining to the topic that focuses on throughout the book. This is done through bringing attention to specific events and concerns that were happening during the Convention. Something significant was that despite the concerns and

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