The debate among Southern Baptists in regard to Calvinism has intensified in recent weeks with the publication of a document opposing it. The “Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Part in Salvation,” published May 30, has been signed by more than 650 Southern Baptists, including six former SBC presidents and two SBC seminary presidents. The statement, which presents a non-Calvinistic view of salvation, is a reaction against the growth of “New Calvinism” within the Convention, referring to a Mark Driscoll-style rock & roll Calvinism that is “theologically conservative and culturally liberal.” In 2009 Time magazine listed “New Calvinism” as one of the “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” A new survey by the SBC’s LifeWay Research finds that 30% of Southern Baptist congregations identify themselves as Calvinist/Reformed and more than 60% of Southern Baptists are concerned about Calvinism’s influence within the denomination.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 29, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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