Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservative and by Barry Hankins

By Barry Hankins

The 1st book-length interpretation of the recent conservative leaders of America's biggest Protestant denomination.Uneasy in Babylon is predicated on wide interviews with crucial Southern Baptist conservatives who've assumed keep watch over of the Southern Baptist conference (SBC). identified to many americans from their appearances on nationwide television speak exhibits, comparable to Larry King reside and Fox information, they recommend a go back to conventional values in the course of the kingdom. Hankins indicates how differing cultural perceptions support clarify the good chasm that constructed among fundamentalists within the SBC and the moderates who preceded them as leaders of the denomination.

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Relatively speaking, the South was backward educationally and industrially and harbored a residual wariness of all things northern. This was exacerbated by the race issue, which eventually brought northerners, federal government agents, and ultimately federal troops into the South to help destroy segregation. It is not hard to see why alliances across the Mason-Dixon line would have been dif¤cult for many Southern Baptists, but it does seem that those most likely to seek out northern evangelicals during the period from the 1950s through the 1970s would be the moderate elites in the SBC who were more progressive on issues such as race than their rank-and-¤le brethren.

The student who presented his paper for discussion that day barely recalled the incident, but it had a signi¤cant affect on Mohler, who believed there was no need to announce that Henry would not be allowed to speak. As Mohler recalled many years later: “Can you imagine if Wolfhart Pannenberg or Jürgen Moltmann had come in. . Is it imaginable that they would have been introduced by saying ‘they won’t be allowed to speak’? ”35 Compounding the embarrassment was the subject of the colloquium that day.

Southern Baptist Conservatives become American Evangelicals • 27 terpret his shift as rank opportunism. That he ended up president of his alma mater after it had been captured by conservatives lends to such an interpretation. Some even say that he decided before he ever got to Southern that he wanted to be president of the school and would do everything in his power to make that happen. 33 Former Southern Seminary president Roy Honeycutt, Mohler’s predecessor, puts this argument in its strongest terms.

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