Item description for The Truth in Crisis, Vol. 4: The 'State' of the Denomination (The Controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention) by James C. Hefley & Richard Land...
Overview The crucial turning-point years in the SBC controversy were 1987-89. The battle moved from the convention floor to the boards of trustees and eventually the halls of employment of the SBC's agencies and schools. Were the SBC a for-profit company, its assets, annual income and size of its employment would mark it as one of the largest companies in the country. But the SBC is a denomination, with its economic/social impact often overlooked. Nevertheless, as the conservative movement progressed, it inevitably had to come to terms with the huge bureaucracy and resources of its agencies and schools. The catch-phrase in 1988 was, "It takes one type of soldier to win the peace and another kind to maintain the peace." What that meant was, could the combatant conservatives truly manage the denomination's assets and resources once they were truly in complete control and power? As the turnover of power began, all eyes were on these institutions; conservatives were untested and unsure of their ability to manage large bureaucracies; moderates knew how but they also knew how to use the institutions as barriers to the rising conservatives. In his usual candid and meticulous style Hefley details the battle during these crucial years.
Publishers Description The shift in the Southern Baptist Convention toward a more conservative orientation was one of the most important developments in 20th century Christianity. The SBC is the largest non-Catholic denomination in the United States. The influence of its 16 million members extends literally around the world. In recent years, Southern Baptists have held many of the key political leadership positions in Washington, and the SBC's influence in Washington is enormous. The shift began in 1979 and continues today, though most historians say the actual "Battle for the Bible" concluded in 1993. In 1978, the SBC was shifting dramatically toward the theological positions held by more mainline Protestant groups. Today, the SBC leads the Evangelical world in theology, publishing, missions and in many other ways and has turned away from he mainline denominations. Author James C. Hefley was there as an eyewitness to history in the making. A gifted writer with a clear focus on the theological issues involved, Hefley writes this five-volume series as developments occurred. He literally provides a step-by-step account. In his foreword to volume 4, Richard Land, president of the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, writes, "Southern Baptists possess great loyalty for their denominational heritage, even when they disagree as to its precise nature. They care deeply about their Southern Baptist Zion. Consequently, disputes within their midst are of great importance to them. It is critically important that they have as much information as possible in order that they may give the informed loyalty and support our institutions and agencies need to truly fulfill their program assignments. The Truth in Crisis volumes have made an important contribution toward providing that informed perspective."
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Studio: Hannibal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.61" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1989
Publisher Hannibal Books
Series Truth In Crisis
Series Number 4
ISBN 0929292049 ISBN13 9780929292045
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More About James C. Hefley & Richard Land
Hefley has a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Tennessee. He has written several books dealing with the relationship of science and religion.