A Matter of Conviction: A History of Southern Baptist Engagement with the Culture

A Matter of Conviction: A History of Southern Baptist Engagement with the Culture


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A Matter of Conviction: A History of Southern Baptist Engagement with the Culture by Jerry Sutton

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is the public policy arm of America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, and is dedicated to addressing social, moral, and ethical concerns, paying particular attention to their impact on U.S. families and their faith.
A Matter of Conviction chronicles the history of the ERLC against the backdrop of “culture war” challenges that drive the larger movement of evangelical activism, from the organization’s earliest days to its current activities under the leadership of conservative values champion Dr. Richard Land. Author and renowned pastor Jerry Sutton anchors his writing in the biblical mandate for cultural engagement, a biblical understanding of the relationship between church and society, and the rise of Baptist influence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This heartfelt book will interest all who are passionate about preserving the Christian values upon which America was founded.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805447552
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Jerry Sutton is the pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.  He holds a Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is also the author of The Baptist Reformation.  Sutton and his wife Fern have two daughters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword     ix
Introduction     1
Western Civilization, Cultural Wars, and Christian Activism     5
The Context of History     25
Baptist Influence and the Great Century     53
Southern Baptist Beginnings in Public Engagement (1907-1946)     83
Transition of the Early Years (1947-1960)     123
The Middle Years: Part I (1960-1972)     160
The Middle Years: Part II (1973-1988)     206
The Latest Years of Engagement: The Final Days of the Christian Life Commission (1988-1997)     271
The Latest Years: Richard Land and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (1997-2006)     335
An Epilogue: A Matter of Conviction     421
Appendices     433

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