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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 Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message is a book detailing the events that led to the creation of the 1963 BFM. This research project is intended to foster an advance in knowledge with regard to the functional role of confessions within the Baptist tradition, how theological trends shaped the confessional expression of the Southern Baptist Convention, and how the 1963 Committee on Baptist Faith and Message carried on its work under the leadership of Herschel H. Hobbs. This book critique will evaluate the work of A.J. Smith on the formation of the 1963 BFM. The book starts in chapter one, as an introduction to what will be read. In the second chapter, Smith introduces the issues that were going on in the Southern Baptist Convention leading up to the formation of the 1963 BFM. The four crises that led to its creation was the conservation in the south, the rise of progressive thought, the apostasy controversy at Southern Seminary, and the Elliot controversy at Midwestern Seminary. In chapter three, societal and doctrinal concerns are investigated by the committee. Chapter four demonstrates that Baptist churches and associations before 1900 routinely used confessions to tell the world what Baptists believed, and to check doctrinal departures on the part of churches, church members, and pastors. Chapter five shows how the church was going about confessionalism and soul competency. In Chapter six, the focus

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