Since its inception, controversy has surrounded the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, Southern Baptists' most recent confession of faith. The present volume of essays by Baptist scholars explains that document and includes the full text of all three Baptist Faith and Message statements from the twentieth century (1925, 1963, and 2000) in side-by-side columns for easy reference and comparison. This volume is a must-read for Southern Baptists and anyone interested in one of the most powerful religious denominations in America.
Douglas K. Blount, PhD, is associate professor of philosophy of religion and assistant dean for ethics and philosophical studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also managing editor of Southwestern Journal of Theology. Joseph D. Wooddell, PhD, is assistant professor of philosophy at Criswell College.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Article I: The Scriptures Chapter 5 Article II: God Chapter 6 Article III: Man Chapter 7 Article IV: Salvation Chapter 8 Article V: God's Purpose of Grace Chapter 9 Article VI: The Church Chapter 10 Article VII: Baptism and the Lord's Supper Chapter 11 Article VIII: The Lord's Day Chapter 12 Article IX: The Kingdom Chapter 13 Article X: Last Things Chapter 14 Article XI: Evangelism and Missions Chapter 15 Article XII: Education Chapter 16 Article XIII: Stewardship Chapter 17 Article XIV: Cooperation Chapter 18 Article XV: The Christian and Social Order Chapter 19 Article XVI: Peace and War Chapter 20 Article XVII: Religious Liberty Chapter 21 Article XVIII: The Family Chapter 22 Appendix: The 1925, 1963, and 2000 Editions of the Baptist Faith andMessage Chapter 23 About the Contributors