Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Abstract of Principles

The Abstract of Principles is the statement of faith of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. All professors who teach there are to commit that they will teach according to it and not contrary to it (a link to the statement is below).

I really like the Abstract as it's language to me has always seemed "tight". I don't find obvious places in it where you can have two dramatically divergent views both claiming that the language of the Abstract supports them both. I see such language and interpretation in the Baptist Faith and Message. How can a person like the Dr. Tom Nettles embrace the same wording regarding the doctrine of election that the late Dr. Hobbs supported?

What do you think? Should the convention have a statement of faith more like the Abstract where viewpoints are more pointed/defined or is the BF&M "big tent" language the way to go?


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