Book Critique of The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message.docx

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1 Brantley The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. By A.J. Smith. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2008, 253 pp., $31.00. The Making of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message was written by A.J. Smith to show that Herschel Hobbs actions were done in order to avoid a denominational split. (p.2). Hobbs focused on reforming key historical Baptist doctrines, and even tweaked wording of some of the doctrines in a broad manner while still maintaining the denominations conservative base. (p.2). This critique will provide the strengths and weakness of the book while attempting the show that the strengths of the book outweigh the weakness of the book. The book is constructed in such a way that three factors are displayed prominently. Those three factors are as follows brings to the reader’s attention the influences upon the Committees of the southern Baptist Convention that prompted change, the relation of confession to Baptist life, and the theological significance of key changes made the committee document of 1963. (pp7-8). In the first chapter, serves as the author, A.J. Smith’s, introduction to his research that was performed in preparation of writing the review of the book. The introduction also briefly provides the history of the Southern Baptist Conventions that met during the 1925 and 1963. Chapter two provides for the readers an overview of the historical construction of the Committee of the Baptist faith. The reader is introduced to an important figure in a proper study of the

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