When Free Will Baptists Went Liberal (Part II)
Jun22

When Free Will Baptists Went Liberal (Part II)

In Part I, we began examining the Free Baptists’ relationship to Higher Criticism, particularly through Alfred Williams Anthony’s writings. In this piece, we’ll consider the influence of Higher Criticism at Bates College and Cobb Divinity School, as well as the Free Baptists’ interest in the Ecumenical Movement. This exploration will us a clear understanding of the theological status of key Free Baptist leaders and institutions in the...

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When Free Will Baptists Went Liberal (Part I)
Jun19

When Free Will Baptists Went Liberal (Part I)

The 1911 merger between the Free Baptists[1] and the Northern Baptist Convention marked the former’s near extinction as a distinct religious body. However, this merger was symptomatic of a deeper theological shift among some Free Baptist leaders that had begun years before. In 1911, the Free Baptists merged all of their assets, missions organizations, and educational institutions with the Northern Baptist Convention’s. Many Free...

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Taking Your Christian Worldview to the Movies: Analyzing Form (Part II/III)
Jun11

Taking Your Christian Worldview to the Movies: Analyzing Form (Part II/III)

In last week’s article, we reviewed several theological foundations for taking your Christian worldview to the movies. We turn now to how we should use the Christian worldview in our analysis of a film’s form. Going to the Movies Going to the theater is a serious business. First things first: Get there early. The hustle and bustle of trying, at the last minute, to purchase your ticket, drink, and popcorn is just no fun, not to mention...

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Taking Your Christian Worldview to the Movies: Theological Foundations (Part I/III)
Jun05

Taking Your Christian Worldview to the Movies: Theological Foundations (Part I/III)

To me, movies are like football games, Oscar season like the playoffs, and the Oscars like the Super Bowl. Now, this doesn’t mean that I always agree with a film’s message or those involved in its production, just as the Christian football fan doesn’t always support what occurs in the game. Nonetheless, we can still enjoy the movies. To support this claim, I’ll consider theological foundations in this article. In next week’s, I’ll...

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