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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 my review of The Making of the1963 Baptist Faith and Message by A.J. Smith, I will attempt to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of this literature as well as the covering Southern Baptist Convention. Smith used broad research to record the development of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist Faith Message. President Herschel Hobbs was alleged to be the one who wanted to halt the separation of the denomination. Smith writes about his efforts in hopes to please the liberal and conservative divisions within the denomination. This review will try to assess the success of Smith and the struggles of the controversy within the SBC. According to Smith, Hobbs was behind the revision of the Baptist Faith and Message. The purpose of the BFM was to decide if the religious views of the Southern Baptists would remain traditional, or transition to liberal. There were also circumstances occurring that caused countless people inside the Southern Baptist faith to question the validity of their doctrine. Specifically, “the publication of Ralph Elliott’s The Message of Genesis and questions about Dale Moody’s teaching on apostasy rocked the SBC” (Smith, ebook). Smith acknowledges the similarities in the 1925 message in relation to the 1963 message. Hobbs thought that the BFM

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