Selected Bibliography

Those who wish to read in greater detail about the Fundamentalist Takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention will find useful information in the following books:

Ammerman, Nancy Tatom. Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention. New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 1990. (Excellent sociological study of the controversy.)

Ammerman, Nancy Tatom. Southern Baptists Observed: Multiple Perspectives on a Changing Denomination. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 1993. (An excellent sociological study.)

Baugh, John G. The Battle For Baptist Integrity. Austin , TX : Battle for Baptist Integrity, Inc., 1995. (The highly readable observations of a longtime, involved Southern Baptist layman.)

Cothen, Grady C. What Happened to the Southern Baptist Convention? A Memoir of the Controversy. Macon , GA : Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 1993.

Cothen, Grady C. The New SBC: Fundamentalism’s Impact On The Southern Baptist Convention. Macon , GA : Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 1995.

Durso, Pamela R. A Short History of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Brentwood , TN : Baptist History and Heritage Society, 2006. (A very brief but helpful history of CBF.)

Ferguson , Robert U. Amidst Babel , Speak Truth: Reflections on the Southern Baptist Struggle. Macon , GA : Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 1993. (Articles on various aspects of the controversy, written by a variety of moderate scholars.)

Gourley, Bruce T. The GodMakers: A Legacy of the Southern Baptist Convention? Franklin , TN : Providence House Publishers, 1996. (An analysis of the Fundamentalist Takeover of the SBC.)

Hankins, Barry. Uneasy in Zion : Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture. Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2003. (Examines the SBC Takeover in light of conservative reaction to American culture.)

Humphreys, Fisher, editor. The Controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention: A Special Issue of the Theological Educator. New Orleans : New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985. (A compendium of articles and interviews by persons on differing sides of the conflict.)

Humphreys, Fisher, editor. Polarities in the Southern Baptist Convention: A Special Issue of the Theological Educator. New Orleans : New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988. (Additional articles and interviews with major personalities on different sides of the controversy.)

Humphreys, Fisher. The Way We Were: How Southern Baptist Theology Has Changed and What It Means To Us All. Macon , GA : Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 2002.

Kell, Carl L., editor. Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Holy War. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 2006.

Leonard, Bill J. God’s Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Grand Rapids , MI : Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1990.

May, Lynn E., editor. “The Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-1993: What Happened and Why??Baptist History and Heritage 28 (October 1993). (Entire issue is devoted to the controversy, including essays from persons on both sides.)

Merritt, John W. The Betrayal: The Hostile Takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention and a Missionary’s Fight for Freedom in Christ. Asheville , NC : R. Brent and Company, 2005. (The personal experiences and observations of a former Southern Baptist missionary.)

Morgan, David T. The New Crusades, The New Holy Land : Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1968-1991. Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 1996. (Historical analysis; includes interviews with major players.)

Pool, Jeff B. Against Returning to Egypt : Exposing and Resisting Creedalism in the Southern Baptist Convention. Macon : Mercer University Press, 1998. (Analysis of the 1994 “Report of the Presidential Theological Study Committee.?

Robison, James B., editor. The Unfettered Word: Confronting the Authority–Innerancy Question. Macon , GA : Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 1994.  (Various articles on the issue of Biblical authority and Biblical inerrancy.)

Rosenberg, Ellen M. The Southern Baptists: A Subculture in Transition. Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, 1989. (Sociological study.)

Shurden, Walter B. and Randy Sheply, editors. Going for the Jugular: A Documentary History of the SBC Holy War. Macon , GA : Mercer University Press, 1996. (A useful chronology of the controversy, along with the publication of articles dealing with the events of the controversy as they occurred.)

Shurden, Walter B., editor. The Struggle for the Soul of the SBC: Moderate Responses to the Fundamentalist Movement. Macon , GA : Mercer University Press, 1993. (Moderate leaders tell their stories about the moderate political response to the Fundamentalist Takeover and the creation of new Baptist communities in the light of the Takeover’s final victories.)

Shurden, Walter B. Not a Silent People: Controversies that Have Shaped Southern Baptists. Macon , GA : Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc., 1995. (A historical overview of several disputes that have changed Baptist life, with the story of the Fundamentalist Takeover added at the end.) 

 

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