What impact is the Calvinist/non-Calvinist debate having on the Southern Baptist Convention today? This book holds a theological conversation between followers of Christ about issues on which they often disagree. And while such controversial points of doctrine cannot be ignored, neither should they put up impenetrable walls between groups that are committed to the same essential Christian beliefs.
Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue brings together new presentations from noted Southern Baptists including Daniel Akin, Tom Ascol, David Dockery, Charles Lawless, and Ed Stetzer that address misperceptions, stereotypes, and caricatures of the debate over Reformed theology. Each strives to speak the truth in love and humility while seeking clarity in the presentation of the Gospel, improving the health of our churches, and seeking the kingdom of Christ above all.
"What do we have to agree on? The doctrines of what it means for us to be lost, and of how we are saved could not be more important. This book explores how much we can disagree over these things and still work together. If you care about both evangelistic cooperation and doctrinal integrity, this book is a book for you."
Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church and president of 9Marks.org
Brad J. Waggoner is vice president of B&H Publishing Group. A former dean of the School of Leadership & Church Ministry at Southern Seminary, he holds a Master of Arts degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Master of Religious Education degree and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
E. Ray Clendenen is director of academic publishing at B&H Publishing Group, general editor of the New American Commentary series, and associate general editor of the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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About the Author
Ray Clendenen has been a staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a Baptist pastor in Illinois, a Christian college professor (Philadelphia Biblical University and then Criswell College), an adjunct seminary professor (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), and an editor. He is currently Senior Editor Academic Books for B&H Publishing Group, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources. He is also the general editor of The New American Commentary, 38 volumes of which have now been published, and he is the series editor for the New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology (NACSBT).
Ray studied anthropology at Rice University (B.A.), Hebrew and Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Dropsie University (M.A.), and Linguistics and ancient Greek history at The University of Texas at Arlington, associated with The Summer Institute of Linguistics (Ph.D.).
Besides encouraging and assisting authors of academic books in biblical and theological studies, Ray’s special interests are text linguistics (also known as discourse analysis), Hebrew grammar, translation theory, hermeneutics, and the Minor Prophets (especially the book of Malachi).
Ray lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his dedicated and gifted wife Mimi and college-bound son Jonathan. His daughter Ann and her husband Will and their sons Adam and James.
Ray served as Old Testament editor for a study Bible, wrote a brief popular commentary on the Minor Prophets for The Holman Bible Handbook edited by David Dockery (B&H 1992), then a more scholarly commentary on Malachi (with Haggai), volume 21a in The New American Commentary series (B&H 2004). He was the associate editor of the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation project (2004), an associate editor of the Apologetics Study Bible (B&H 2007), and co-editor of Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue (B&H 2008). He has also written many chapters/articles and reviews for books and scholarly journals.
Table of Contents
The Current Climate
Calvinism, Evangelism, and SBC Leadership Ed Stetzer 13
The Historical Record
Southern Baptists and Calvinism: A Historical Look David S. Dockery 29
A Historical View of the Doctrinal Importance of Calvinism among Baptists Tom J. Nettles 47
Calvinism: Cause for Rejoicing, Cause for Concern Malcolm B. Yarnell III 73
The Rise of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention: Reason for Rejoicing Jeff Noblit 96
The Design, Nature, and Extent of the Atonement David P. Nelson 115
The Biblical Confirmation of Particular Redemption Sam Waldron 139
Southern Baptist Non-Calvinists-Who Are We Really? Chuck Lawless 155
Southern Baptist Calvinism: Setting the Record Straight Nathan A. Finn 171
Election and Calling
A Molinist View of Election, or How to Be a Consistent Infralapsarian Ken Keathley 195
Election and Calling: A Biblical Theological Study Greg Welty 216
Working Together to Make Christ Known
Answering the Call to a Great Commission Resurgence Daniel L.Akin 247
Working Together to Make Christ Known: Considerations for the Future Tom Ascol 261
Name Index 287
Subject Index 293
Scripture Index 297