Religion: Defending the Baptist Faith

The literal truth of the Bible is the bedrock of faith for Southern Baptists. But lately, in some Baptist seminaries, scholars have been cautiously moving toward the Biblical criticism accepted by most other Protestant denominations, which suggests that parts of Holy Scripture are symbolically valid but literally impossible. Last week in San Francisco, "messengers" (delegates) to the annual convention of the fast-growing church (around 10 million) firmly repudiated the seminarians. By overwhelming standing vote, the convention passed one resolution that reaffirmed the faith of the church in "the entire [the resolution's italics] Bible as the authoritative, authentic, infallible word of God,"...

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