Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Re-Theologizing" the SBC

Interesting thoughts from Tom Ascol at the recent Founders Conference, reported by Baptist Press. Here's a sample:
"I believe we are living in an early era of 're-theologizing' of the SBC," Ascol said. "Just listen to some of the things that are being said; theology is becoming a point of controversy, a point of dialogue. Even theological statements that are being made that are not helpful are being spoken with passion, they are being made with a real sense of concern. That is a good thing; the fact that 'they' are talking about theology is good."

5 comments:

Randy said...

I found this article very interesting. I can see what he is talking about to a certain extent, but I am not quite as optimistic as he is. I hope he's right and we are moving in the right direction.

Ben said...

One of the things I really appreciate about Ascol is his optimism, even when I don't share it.

In any case, an a-theological convention may be peaceful, but it's peaceful like a mirage. Eventually, it becomes apparent that there's no substance to it. The theological discussions may not prove to be productive, but I think they're the only hope if the gospel is to be recovered across the spectrum of SBC churches.

Pastor Randy said...

I agree with that. I do think there is potential right now in the SBC. God-willing, we may see theology become an important mark in Southern Baptist life in the future. It is my prayer. I think one reason it's happening is because of the "Conservative Resurgence" and the fact that most of us now believe in the inerrancy of Scripture. Now we want to know what it says.

Bruce said...

Whence separation?

Is "optimism" what distinguishes evangelicals from fundamentalists?

How do you know when to be optimistic and when to be "pessimistic"?

Ben said...

Bruce,

1. I don't think Ascol is talking about issues that demand unanimity--those that are essential to the faith.

2. No, I think it's a fundamental view of God that distinguishes the bulk of both movements from biblical Christianity.

3. I'm pessimistic about finding the answer to that question.