The making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message Book Critique .pdf

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1 The making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. By A.J. Smith, Eugene, OR:Wipf and Stock,2008, 201pp. +xi, $31.00 In the book the making of the 1963 Baptist and Message, author A.J Smith Eugene attempts toestablish that “Herschel Hobbs through his work on the BFM sought to avert an immediatedenominational split through the reformulation of key historic Baptist doctrines, wording somebroadly to allow for widely divergent interpretations without sacrificing the convention’sconservative base”.(p.2)Throughout the entire book his thesis is that his dissertation “willdemonstrate what influenced the final form of the document, examine key theological shifts,exploretheBaptist confessional heritage, and the principles of soul liberty and shouldcompetency as these issues related to the committee’s work.”(p.2) Smith went about exploringdatabasesofdocumentsmainly letters that would contain information pertaining to thecommittee on statement of Faith and Message from the 1962 statements. He explores thebackground history and the controversies that led to the revision and the discussion of the BaptistFaith and Message.

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