Over the last several years, Southern Baptists have been having a pretty intense intramural debate about Calvinism. In a conversation that sometimes generates more heat than light, I am glad to see a recent conference that was more constructive. The conference was called “Calvinism: Concerned? Curious? Confused?” and it featured a panel of four Southern Baptist leaders who addressed the division in the SBC over this issue. Speakers included David Dockery, Frank Page, Hershel York, Kevin Smith, and Steve Lemke.
There are some positive things coming out of this conference that are worth noting. All the leaders seem to agree that Calvinism need not divide Southern Baptists. There also seems to be a strong consensus that the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 is an adequate confessional statement for Southern Baptist cooperation. I especially appreciate Frank Page’s call for unity on this point—both in his remarks at this conference and in his message to the SBC last June.
For those Southern Baptists who are reading this, I hope you’re paying attention to this discussion. It’s an important one, and these talks are an important part of the conversation. Many thanks to Paul Chitwood and the Kentucky Baptist Convention for putting this meeting together and for making the audio available for free. If you are interested in watching the videos from the session, click here. You can listen to or download the audio below.
David Dockery: Overview of the History of Baptist Theology [download]
David Dockery: The Current Resurgence of Reformed Theology [download]
Calvinism: Dialogue from Differing Theological Perspectives [download]
Panel Q and A [download]
Frank Page: A Vision for a Unified SBC [download]