Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

God So Loved the World: Traditional Baptists and Calvinism

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

God So Loved the World: Traditional Baptists and Calvinism

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By Fisher Humphreys and Paul E. Robertson. New Orleans: Insight Press, 2000. 102 pp.

In the last few years, Baptists in the South have seen a renewed interest in the theology of John Calvin. This is due in large part to efforts by the Southern Baptist Founders Conference, a group of Southern Baptist theologians who since 1983 have met annually in various places to promote the concept that Southern Baptist theology is rooted in five-point Calvinism. Complete with a journal, a web site, and an organizational structure, the Founders Conference has generated a noticeable amount of press and controversy. With God So Loved The World: Traditional Baptists and Calvinism, Fisher Humphreys and Paul E. Robertson have entered into the discussion concerning the true roots of Southern Baptist theology.

The idea for this book came from a telephone call to Fisher Humphreys from a Baptist layman expressing concern about his new pastor who had embraced Calvinism. The layman wanted to know whether Calvinism was consistent with traditional Baptist theology. The purpose of the book, therefore, is to examine Calvinism as a theological system and to compare it with traditional Baptist theology. …

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