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ISBN: 0271010010
Author: Arthur E. Farnsley II
Language: English
Publisher: Penn State University Press; 1 edition (April 6, 1994)
Pages: 151
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Home Browse Books Book details, Southern Baptist Politics: Authority and Power i.Southern Baptist Politics: Authority and Power in the Restructuring of an American Denomination. By Arthur Emery Farnsley Ii. No cover image. Arthur Farnsley concludes that the SBC, as an American denomination, had within itself the seeds of pragmatism and individualism that characterize most American voluntary organizations.

Farnsley offers us an engaging analysis of how the SBC moved dramatically to the right in the 1980s

Farnsley offers us an engaging analysis of how the SBC moved dramatically to the right in the 1980s. By exploring the interplay of authority and power, he reveals how Fundamentalists subverted the Convention and institutionalized their control of it. Farnsley's general approach could be applied to other contemporary religious denominations and private-sector institutions. John F. Wilson, Princeton University. One of the interesting points in Southern Baptist Politics is how he shows that the Fundamentalist usurption of power merely relied and copied the methods used by the moderates to keep out the fundamentalists previously.

Arthur E. Farnsley II. Farnsley offers us an engaging analysis of how the SBC moved dramatically to the right in the 1980s.

Southern Baptist Politics : Authority and Power in the Restructuring of an American Denomination. by Arthur Emery Farnsley. Unlike other recent studies of the Southern Baptists, Southern Baptist Politics was written after the culmination of the "Baptist battles" of the 1980s, when Fundamentalists had effectively taken control of the denomination.

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Southern Baptist Politics: Authority and Power in the Restructuring of an American Denomination, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA), 1994. Contributor) Congregation and Community, Rutgers University Press (New Brunswick, NJ), 1997. Rising Expectations: Urban Congregations, Welfare Reform, and Civic Life, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 2003. With others) Sacred Circles, Public Squares: The Multicentering of American Religion, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 2004.

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The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a Christian denomination based in the United States. It is the world's largest Baptist denomination, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and the second-largest Christian denomination. It is the world's largest Baptist denomination, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and the second-largest Christian denomination in the United States, smaller only than the Catholic Church according to self-reported membership statistics (see Christianity in the United States).

Unlike other recent studies of the Southern Baptists, Southern Baptist Politics was written after the culmination of the "Baptist battles" of the 1980s, when Fundamentalists had effectively taken control of the denomination. It also considers the SBC not simply as a denomination but as an organization with characteristics similar to other voluntary associations in American society—an approach that promises to be useful for the study of other religious groups in America. Arthur Farnsley concludes that the SBC, as an American denomination, had within itself the seeds of pragmatism and individualism that characterize most American voluntary organizations.

Of primary interest to Farnsley are the crucial issues of authority and power. Taking his cue from Paul Harrison's classic study, Authority and Power in the Free Church Tradition, Farnsley considers how authority has traditionally been exercised within the SBC, and how Fundamentalists maneuvered within this existing authority structure to seize power. According to Farnsley, disgruntled Fundamentalists soon discovered that they could exploit the democratic elements within the SBC polity to their advantage. So successful were they in their efforts that by 1990 all significant leadership positions within the denomination were filled by Fundamentalists, thus enabling them to take, and hold, institutional power.

The lessons of Southern Baptist Politics extend beyond this one denomination. By using the Southern Baptists as a case study, Farnsley asks what the SBC controversy can tell us about religious organizations in America, about dealing with cultural pluralism, and about institutional means for creating change.

Comments:

tamada
The author of this book is a sociologist and this book is intended to be a sociological piece of work. Not being in any way skilled in sociology I can not comment on Farnsley's argument in this regard. Nonetheless, this book aims to draw out the sociological conclusions from the midst of a carefully crafted historical narrative and as is therefore equally as useful as an outsider's introduction to recent Southern Baptist history. The reason for my interest in this book is because I am a keen admirer of the historical Baptist polity (eg. Smyth and Helwys) but strongly dislike contemporary (official) Southern Baptist theology/ethics. I was keen therefore to try to understand in what sense Southern Baptists are "Baptist" in the historical sense.

This book shows that the answer that the answer is, "not very much". Key facts like the revisionist interpretation of the idea of the Priesthood of all believers and the effective oligarchic centralisation of decision-making make we wonder how the SBC can in any way be labelled a Baptist denomination.

One of the interesting points in Southern Baptist Politics is how he shows that the Fundamentalist usurption of power merely relied and copied the methods used by the moderates to keep out the fundamentalists previously. On one hand it is easy to demonise the fundamentalists for their actions but they exhibit a willingless to manipulate their political power and develop consensus by excluding dissident opinions (rather than by together seeking the mind of God with all parties - as is the historic Baptist way (in theory at least) -.

After giving a narrative of the Fundamentalist takeover of the SBC gives an overview of key areas of interest such as the way the moderates have reacted which is usually by fielding biblical inerrantists themselves, the nature of authority, the role of local churches in the convention and the influence of southern culture. Overall this book was an interesting read that will be useful for those wishing to understand the mentality of the SBC.
Realistic
Excellent book that concisely captures the history of the Southern Baptist denomination, from 1845 - 1991. A scholarly work with at least 3 chapters that read with all the drama of a fictional best-seller. Details the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention by the fundamentalist faction; defines "democracy" as it applies to Southern Baptists (local church autonomy, "one voice-one vote" per member); considers the effect of two major Southern Baptist traditions -- priesthood of the believer and pastoral authority; and more. The book was very engaging and, when I'd finished it, I hoped this author was working on a sequel because I want to know what's happened in the past 8 - 9 years in the SBC!

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