Originating From a Secret Bunker Dug By William Hosea Holcombe and J.B. Gambrell Somewhere Off the Square in Oxford, Mississippi
Interpreting the Baptist Faith and Message
The recent “Traditional Southern Baptist Statement” says in its introduction that “while some earlier Baptist confessions were shaped by Calvinism, the clear trajectory of the BF&M since 1925 is away from Calvinsim.” However, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Quarles, the Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity at Louisiana College (and a native of Lafayette County, having graduated from Lafayette High School in Oxford and from Ole Miss) argues for a historical continuity between the 1853 New Hampshire Baptist Confession and the Baptist Faith and Message. In an article entitled, “What Baptists Believe,” Quarles states: “In cases in which questions about the meaning of the BFM arise, the NHBC may serve as a helpful guide to the correct interpretation.” The point here is that when the BFM (Baptist Faith and Message) is interpreted throught the prism of the NHBC (New Hampshire Baptist Confession), much of the so-called “trajectory . . . away from Calvinism” falls away.