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1The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. By A. J. Smith. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2008, 201pp. + xi, $31.00.This paper provides this author’s critique and summarization of A.J. Smith’s dissertation, The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. Smith neatly and succinctly dives into the Southern Baptist’s Convention’s address of church concerns stemming from voiced objections to “the publication of Ralph Elliott’s The Message of Genesis and questions about Dale Moody’s teaching on apostasy” (p. 1). Smith focuses on Herschel H. Hobbs’ contribution to the reformed document (Baptist Faith and Message, BFM), as his work is considered paramount to the changes adopted. Smith’s thesis is as follows; “this dissertation will demonstrate what influences shaped the final form of the document, examine key theological shifts, explore the Baptist confessional heritage, and the principles of soul liberty and soul competency as these issues related to the Committee’s work” (p. 2). This author’s summary assessment will summarize and analyze Smith’s assertions, conclusions, and implications found in Smith’s assertion regarding the primacy of Hershel Hobbs in the making of the 1963 BFM.In the introduction, Smith lists many of the contributors (if not all) to this work, however,it becomes clear to the reader that he believes Hobbs’ work in organizing, overseeing, and particularly contributing to the formation of the 1963 BFM was Hobbs’ greatest achievement.

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