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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. The book entitled The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message written by Almer J. Smith is an attempt by the author to corroborate that when Herschel H. Hobbs altered the Baptist Faith and Message, he was attempting to avoid a division within the Southern Baptist denomination. According to Smith, Hobbs “sought to avert an immediate denominational split through the reformulation of key historic Baptist doctrines, wording some broadly to allow for widely divergent interpretations without sacrificing the Convention’s conservative base” (p. 2). The purpose of this book critique is to summarize the key concepts of the book and to examine if the author succeeded in defending his thesis by illustrating two strengths and two weaknesses in his book. The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message is an exploration of the controversies that led to the decision to make the revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with a

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