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" Southern Baptists had lengthy thought of themselves a missionary humans, but if, after global warfare II, they launched into a dramatic enlargement of missionary efforts, they faced headlong the matter of racism. Believing that racism hindered their evangelical efforts, the Convention's full-time missionaries and venture board leaders attacked racism as unchristian, therefore discovering themselves at odds with the pervasive racist and segregationist ideologies that ruled the South. This innovative view of race under pressure the biblical harmony of humanity, encompassing all races and transcending particular ethnic divisions. In All in accordance with God's Plan, Alan Scot Willis explores those ideals and the chasm they created in the conference. He indicates how, within the post-World conflict II period, the main revered participants of the Southern Baptists conference publicly challenged the main dearly held ideologies of the white South. Alan Scot Willis is assistant professor of background at Northern Michigan collage. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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William Self, pastor of Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta, noted that church leaders had long supported education and that in the postwar era it was available to more people than ever before. Certainly more and more people were going to college. This was not, as Hill feared, creating an unbridgeable chasm in the churches. Instead, Self argued, it meant that the “underbrush” of “immature and unexamined theological positions, inadequate moral framework, provincialism, and folk religion” was being cut away.

16 18 “GO YE” All Baptists essentially agreed that God’s will was revealed through the Bible, but many Southern Baptists had long believed that the Bible sanctioned segregation. When progressives instructed them differently, they wondered how the leadership could claim that biblical principles, supposedly inviolable, no longer supported segregation. The idea proved remarkably persistent. Nearly ten years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schooling unconstitutional, Ken E. 17 T. B. ” The most frequently cited biblical passage in support of segregation was the “Curse of Ham,” found in Genesis, chapter 9.

It should be obvious that if we must choose between Christ and culture, that we will choose Christ. 71 Such a conflation of religion and culture led Frank Stagg to fear that pastors were not challenging their congregations. ” After noting the flight of Southern Baptists to the suburbs, he wrote, “Churches are in danger of being captured by the suburbs in which they seem to prosper. ”72 Sam Hill Jr. believed churches had to point the way to a better, more Christian society. Hill had graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a PhD from Duke.

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