Monday, August 25, 2008

SBTS Conference

Tom Ascol's Founders Blog has noted an upcoming conference at SBTS with the theme The English Baptists of the 17th Century. Ascol notes that Jerry Vines is speaking during the conference. He cites Vines as saying that the LBCF may not be Calvinistic.

...the London confessions, Philadelphia confession, New Hampshire Confession...these confessions bear a close resemblance to some of the five points although there is no clear cut evidence that Baptists in their confesssions of faith ever truly subscribed to everything that the five points of Calvinism would teach."

What I love about Ascol is his response to this,

"Perhaps the conference will provide opportunities to explore this and other related doctrinal/historical theses related to 17th century Baptist beliefs."

I must confess that Ascol is far more kind than I will ever be. Anyone (Ascol is definitely a part of this anyone) who knows even the smallest amount of 17th century baptist history knows full well why the English Baptists produced the 2nd London Baptist Confession in the first place.

I must learn patience with this one. I am certain the Conference will air out the historical facts of these confessions.

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