Thursday, August 17, 2006

CBF Response to SBC Articles

Earlier this week Baptist Press, the official news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, posted two articles attacking the CBF in one way or another.  You can read them by clicking on the links below:

CBF church count violates church autonomy, scholars say
SBC, CBF seminaries differ in educational approach, profs say

I commented on the second article briefly in one of my earlier posts.  It is interesting that both articles are written by the same person and both articles use the same scholarly sources.  The SBC doesn't want moderates (although we are soon going to have to replace the word moderate with the phrase "anyone that doesn't agree 100% with a small group of SBC leaders) to come back, and yet they don't see to want to let us leave and do our own thing either.

CBF has responded to these two articles, and you can read that response here:

Response to Baptist Press stories on August 11

You can also read a few blog responses by clicking on the link below:

Leave us alone and get your facts straight
The Red Herring starring the CBF

Remember that crisis in leadership thing I was talking about?  I think that certainly applies to the SBC as well.


Dr. Gregory Gulick said...

One of the SBC articles stated: "The schools have become a haunt for every liberal fad imaginable: pluralism, inclusivism, feminism, process theology, liberation theologies and so forth." Would you please define these terms (except feminism) for those of us who might be theologically impaired? Thank you.

Gil Gulick said...

Pluralism - Think of pluralism as a culture with many religions and beliefs. Modern culure in the U.S. is very pluralistic, and protestant Christianity is not as dominant as it was in 1900. The result is a society that often views all religious beliefs as being equally valid. But, it can also be used just to define a religiously diverse culture.

Inclusivism - Very closely related to pluralism. Inclusivsim seeks to incorporate the beliefs of other religions into Christianity to create a mixture of the two. Wikipedia says that inclusivism "asserts that while one set of beliefs is absolutely true, other sets of beliefs are at least partially true."

Look at the following link in Wikipedia for Process Theology:

Liberation Theology - According to Wikipedia: "In essence, liberation theology explores the relationship between Christian, specifically Roman Catholic, theology and political activism, particularly in areas of social justice, poverty, and human rights. The main methodological innovation of liberation theology is to do theology (i.e. speak of God) from the viewpoint of the economically poor and oppressed of the human community. According to Jon Sobrino, S.J., the poor are a privileged channel of God's grace. According to Phillip Berryman, liberation theology is "an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor's suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor."

My big class for the next year is theology, so I will be able to talk more about these issues then. My current experience is limited to discussing them in a historical context, but this should give you an idea of what they mean.

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Although I am glad we're growing, sometimes I'm glad the Alliance of Baptists is so small. The SBC doesn't bother to pick on us even though the Alliance is as liberal as they constantly say CBF is!

Eric said...

There is plenty enough mud being thrown around in the world without Christians throwing it at each other. Perhaps the SBC should read from Acts 5: "38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."