In October 2009, Union University hosted a conference titled Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism. The conference was held in conjunction with the four hundredth anniversary of the Baptists. It also revisited an oft-asked question: what is the relationship between Southern Baptists and American evangelicals? You can listen to the conference audio at Union’s website.
For those who are interested, the proceedings of that conference are also now in print. Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism (B&H Academic, 2011) is a collection of essays edited by David Dockery, Ray Van Neste, and Jerry Tidwell. Between the Times contributors Danny Akin, Ed Stetzer, and yours truly spoke at the conference and contributed essays. You can see the full list of chapters and contributors below.
- So Many Denominations: The Rise, Decline, and Future of Denominationalism – David S. Dockery
- Denominationalism: Is There a Future? – Ed Stetzer
- Denominationalism and the Changing Religious Landscape – D. Michael Lindsay
- The Faith, My Faith, and the Church’s Faith – Timothy George
- The Future of Evangelicalism (and Southern Baptists) – Duane Litfin
- The Care for Souls: Reconsidering Pastoral Ministry in Southern Baptist and Evangelical Contexts – Ray Van Neste
- Awakenings and Their Impact on Baptists and Evangelicals: Sorting Out the Myths in the History of Missions and Evangelism – Jerry Tidwell
- Recovering the Gospel for the Twenty-first Century – Harry L. Poe
- Emergent or Emerging? Questions for Southern Baptists and American Evangelicals – Mark DeVine
- Reflections on 400 Years of the Baptist Movement: Who We Are, What We Believe – James A. Patterson
- Southern Baptists and Evangelicals: Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation – Nathan A. Finn
- The Future of the Southern Baptist Convention – Daniel Akin
- Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism – R. Albert Mohler Jr.
If you are interested in the storied history and future prospects of Southern Baptists, American evangelicalism, and/or denominationalism in general, I’d highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this important new book.