The Conservative Baptist Conflict

So, we don't forget where we came from. Back in the day, good men had good reasons for taking the action they took.

http://religiousaffections.org/articles/in-the-nick-of-time/the-conserva...

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Rob Fall's picture

the article? And does anybody have an opinion on it?

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

TylerR's picture

Editor

I really go in cycles with this kind of stuff. I loved reading Bauder's volume on Northern Baptist fundamentalism. I think fundamentalists have a good heritage. I'm on record as saying that I prefer the earlier, "big tent" idea of a philosophy of fundamentalism (i.e. "historical fundamentalism"), rather than the "Baptist fundamentalist" movement of the 1930s onward.

However, right now I'm in a period of my life where I read Bauder''s article (linked), and all I see is a discussion about a bunch of guys who hated each other, and accused the other of being unfaithful to Scripture. Some of this animosity was fueled by pettiness, stupidity and bitterness - with a nice fake gloss of Christian "piety" for cover. I remember chatting with an older man who still had bitterness about Cederholm, and accused him of being a nasty, angry and divisive man. For this reason alone, he didn't like Maranatha.

I'd rather eat lima beans than talk about this stuff. Very depressing. Maybe, during another season in my life, I'll find it edifying.  

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Ron Bean's picture

I grew up hearing accounts of the founders of the GARBC leaving the NBC of their own accord in 1932 (?) after seeing the futility of purging liberalism from the organization and that the early forms of the FBF stayed in the NBC and then the CBA until they were finally evicted. Of course it was GARBC people who shared this account, often pointing out that they dated their start from their separation and the FBF dated theirs from their start within the NBC. 

Pass the lima beans.

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

Rob Fall's picture

especially with ham. Further, I lived through some of the Cedarholm/Clearwater kerfluffle. I can remember Pillsbury dropping out of a basketball tournament because MBBC was going to play. But, as a Californian, much of the bickering did not directly effect me.

Plus, I'm a history geek. So, a blog post like this is grist for my mill.
 

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

TylerR's picture

Editor

I hear you. I'd just at the point where I don't enjoy hearing about "heroes" who were primarily known for hating each other. I'd rather study something else. Anything else. I've had too much of that silliness in my life lately.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?