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Gregory Wills

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377149.001.0001

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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009

Roy L. Honeycutt

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This chapter focuses on Roy L. Honeycutt, who succeeded McCall as president of the seminary. Honeycutt entered office knowing that his job was to prevent change. By the time of his installation as president in February 1982, Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson had initiated a movement designed to dislodge denominational leaders and seminary professors who endorsed liberal theology and replace them with persons who held orthodox views. As the conservative insurgency gained successive victories, the threat to the seminary's progressive faculty and administration grew. The conservative majority in the Southern Baptist Convention wanted a seminary of a very different sort. If Honeycutt and other denominational leaders could not find a strategy to stop them, the seminary that they had labored to establish would cease to exist. Honeycutt resisted the control of the popular majority. And when resistance failed, he obstructed.

Keywords:   Roy L. Honeycutt, Southern Baptists, Baptist seminary, Southern Seminary, Paul Pressler, Paige Patterson, liberal theology

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