Book_Critique - 1 The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and...

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1 The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. By A. J. Smith. Eugene:Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2008, 253pp., $31.00. The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message was written by A.J. Smith to argue that Herschel Hobbs through his work on the BFM sought to “avert an immediate denominational split through the reformation of key historic Baptist doctrines, wording same broadly to allow for widely divergent interpretations without sacrificing the Convention’s conservative base”(p.2). This critique will identify the strenghts and the weaknesses of the book to see if the author adequately supports his thesis with evidence. Chapter 1 serves as an introduction. In chapter 1 Smith describes his thesis statement, the background of development of confession and soul competency and confessionalism, the methodology of his research, limitations, and other avenues of research. In Chapter 2 Smith addresses the Apostasy Controversy by Dale Moody and the Elliott Controversy, historical crises leading to the formation of the committee on BFM. In Chapter 3 the author describes concerns faced by the committee. The committee had to deal with desegregation in Baptist schools and churches as well as pressures from Catholicism, materialism, and communism. In addition, the committee faced “many Southern Baptist’s fear of the liberal and neo-orthodox views of the Bible” (p. 53). In Chapter 4 the author historically demonstrates why “soul liberty does not stand alone as a doctrine in American Baptist life” (p.76). Baptists can apply the concept of soul liberty

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