Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War

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 It has been one of the major news stories in religion and culture of the past twenty-five years. From 1979 to 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was rocked by assaults on its leadership by fundamentalists, who used questionable
tactics to gain top positions and then used their power to purge Baptist seminary presidents and professors, church pastors, lay leaders, and women from positions of responsibility. America's largest Christian, non-Catholic denomination is firmly locked in a “holy war” to ...
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Overview


 It has been one of the major news stories in religion and culture of the past twenty-five years. From 1979 to 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was rocked by assaults on its leadership by fundamentalists, who used questionable
tactics to gain top positions and then used their power to purge Baptist seminary presidents and professors, church pastors, lay leaders, and women from positions of responsibility. America's largest Christian, non-Catholic denomination is firmly locked in a “holy war” to secure its churches and membership for a never-ending struggle against a liberal culture.

Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy War is a compilation of first-person narratives by conservative and moderate ministers and lay leaders who were stripped of their positions and essentially became pariahs in the churches to which they had devoted their lives.

While other books have described the takeover in historical, political, and theological terms, Exiled is different. Individual people tell their personal stories, revealing the struggle and heartache that resulted from being vilified, dispossessed, and exiled. Kell includes a variety of perspectives-from lay preachers and church members to prominent former SBC leaders such as James Dunn and Carolyn Crumpler.

The emotion captured on the pages-sadness, shock, disbelief, resignation,
and anger-will make Exiled moving even to readers who know little about the Southern Baptist movement. Exiled will also be of particular interest to historians, sociologists, philosophers of religion, and rhetorical historians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572335905
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Carl L. Kell is professor of communication at Western Kentucky University. He is the author, with Raymond Camp, of In the Name of the Father: The Rhetoric of the New Southern Baptist Convention and, with Paul R. Corts, of Fundamentals of Effective Group Communication, and of Let's Talk Business.
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Table of Contents

Foreword : exiled, indeed
Southern Baptist women in exile 13
My story : a personal adventure in unholy righteousness 17
A trustee who could no longer trust 21
From Baptist to Baptist 25
No more knockin' 29
Getting my head on straight 31
Still a Baptist woman 39
My departure from the Sunday school board 51
Strangers in my house 55
Yesterday's dreams, today's realities 59
One layman's reluctant journey toward higher ground 63
Exiled from the SBC 67
Freedom has never been so precious 71
A lot like dying 77
The Texas two-step 81
A liberal Baptist's story of exile from the SBC 87
Exiled : South Carolina-style 93
A separate peace 99
Exodus from the Southern Baptist convention 103
Finding a voice in exile 107
The hijacking of the Southern Baptist convention 121
Inside the Gatlinburg Gang 123
The skirmish of First Baptist Church, Jamestown, North Carolina 127
I am in exile : I am home : exile of innocence 133
"Exile of innocence" 135
Withdrawal and exclusion : doing the right thing 139
Phoenix rising 143
Poses 145
Early retirement 147
App Comparison of 1925, 1963, and 2000 Baptist faith and message 153
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