Comment on Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000

December 12, 2012

You can now post your comments to Dr. Adam Harwood’s essay at SBC Today.

“Does Southern Seminary have an institutional commitment to a theological position which is not affirmed in the BFM and excludes many Southern Baptists?”

Follow the link below for the full article.

http://sbctoday.wpengine.com/?p=9715

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Norm Miller

Dr. Harwood: The following citation in your post, as you note, originates from a commentor at SBC Voices, who was responding to Jared Moore’s article. Your citation reads:
“As one of your commenters observed: ‘I doubt that the writing of a young theology prof in an obscure Baptist state convention college will set the norm for any seminary or for the SBC at large …'”
Among several reactions I have to this commentor’s opinion, these jump to the fore:

1. Perhaps the priest (et al) in Wittenberg thought the same of Luther.
2. Ditto, Re: Goliath and his army of the shepherd-boy David.

These two points’ foci are on the ‘obscure’ existence of two who changed their worlds.
Further, whereas all analogies break down, none of the principals in your or Moore’s essays do I consider to be Catholic or Philistine. To the stark contrary, these principals are our brothers in Christ.
As a “young theology prof in an obscure Baptist state convention college,” you have winsomely overcome these debilitating impediments to raise a significant and legitimate question of those who are not of a different faith or who wage war from across no-man’s land, but who, as honorable soldiers of the cross and brothers-in-arms, wage war against a common evil so that souls may be swept into God’s kingdom. Given that we all labor in the same trenches, I find the silence of these compatriots deafening — with the exception of the commentor you cited. I am left only to wonder why he would assess your inquiry in such a manner — Norm

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