Week Five_Book Critique_The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message_Michael Nash.docx

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The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. By A. J. Smith. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2008,IntroductionIn the well-known book by the Southern Baptist church’s, the Making of the 1963 BaptistFaith and Message was written by A.J. Smith, who would constantly seek and establish a common ground among those within the Southern Baptist Convention Community, so that the community would avoid any type of division among the church congregation. Basically, the revision of the Baptist faith according to Smith was to alter the message and appease both the conservative and liberal sides in the church. A.J. Smith will explore the background of the Southern Baptist faith and their message along with how the revision of the faith and message came about in 1963 that would be the leading cause to the revision for SBC. A.J. Smith had introduced in his book two very well-known and key Southern Baptist Seminary Pastors that would challenge both the traditional and conservative standards that during that time would be upheld by a majority of the church pastors. A.J. Smith’s book The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message will also raise many other concerns, which involved racism, materialism, and doctrinal issues at hand involvingthese types of concerns and uprising in the world. Throughout this book, A.J. Smith will make it very clear and straightforward to the reader, so that he/she will have a better understanding of what SBC is. Overall, Smith ensured that he was not misunderstood, and also ensured that this book would be well-organized with a logical sense in mind for the reader. It was very clear in theopening thesis from Smith along with the chapters in full detail and explanation.
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