TEXAN examines conservative theological resurgence

Special report identifies forces that shaped movement and how conservatives caused the unprecedented.

Twenty-five years ago, Adrian Rogers’ election as Southern Baptist Convention president marked a turn unprecedented in Christian history. The nation’s largest non-Catholic religious body?once fragmented between an overwhelmingly conservative core and moderate-to-liberal leaders in many SBC institutions?made a theological course correction.

In a special six-page report in this issue, News Editor Tammi Ledbetter led a reporting team in recounting the central events and personalities that drove what is now called the “conservative resurgence.”

The crux issue that sparked the resurgence was biblical inerrancy. Related issues, such as the abortion-rights stance of the SBC ethics agency, prompted more change.

Today, the former Christian Life Commission (now the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission), under a conservative president, is strongly pro-life. Conservative presidents and faculty committed to Scriptural inerrancy and biblical orthodoxy lead seminaries today?a shift that has rejuvenated seminary enrollments.

For those unfamiliar with these events, enjoy the read. For those familiar, we think it’s worth a reminder. The report begins on Page 6.

TEXAN examines conservative theological resurgence at 25 years

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