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By Alan Scot Willis

ISBN-10: 0813123410

ISBN-13: 9780813123417

ISBN-10: 0813172012

ISBN-13: 9780813172019

" Southern Baptists had lengthy thought of themselves a missionary humans, but if, after international conflict II, they launched into a dramatic enlargement of missionary efforts, they faced headlong the matter of racism. Believing that racism hindered their evangelical efforts, the Convention's full-time missionaries and undertaking board leaders attacked racism as unchristian, hence discovering themselves at odds with the pervasive racist and segregationist ideologies that ruled the South. This revolutionary view of race under pressure the biblical cohesion of humanity, encompassing all races and transcending particular ethnic divisions. In All in keeping with God's Plan, Alan Scot Willis explores those ideals and the chasm they created in the conference. He indicates how, within the post-World conflict II period, the main revered contributors of the Southern Baptists conference publicly challenged the main dearly held ideologies of the white South. Alan Scot Willis is assistant professor of background at Northern Michigan college. He lives in Marquette, Michigan.

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Maston argued that the two commandments stood or fell together. ” Progressive Baptist missionaries offered an answer consistent with their missionary outlook: they expanded the notion of “neighbor” to include all people. In the Baptist Student, Mary-Ellen Garrett, a long-time missionary in Africa, noted that Jesus responded to the lawyer with the parable of the good Samaritan. Garrett believed that Southern Baptists were so familiar with the story that they overlooked the depth of its meaning.

B. Maston took the title for “Of One”: A Study of Christian Principles and Race Relations. ” Maston announced, “What a long way we would go in solving our problems concerning race . . ”29 Baptist leaders also invoked science to support their view of a single human race. Hugh Brimm noted that a gathering of anthropologists in Paris announced that the “so-called racial differences in mankind” were a result of hereditary and environmental factors and that “no basis can be found . . ” Progressive Baptists offered a different interpretation.

Instead, Self argued, it meant that the “underbrush” of “immature and unexamined theological positions, inadequate moral framework, provincialism, and folk religion” was being cut away. ” Self reflected the Baptist leadership’s faith that future generations could build a more Christian society. ”75 As the churches struggled with cultural changes, many found themselves somewhere between the irrelevancy Hill feared and the maturity Self predicted. Southern Christians often proved to be “babes in Christ,” unable or unwilling to follow the will of God in the face of cultural pressures.

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