My recent review of notable Baptist statements of faith (The New Hampshire Confession, 1833; The Abstract of Principles, 1859; the Baptist Faith and Message, 1925, along with its several editions) leads me to suggest, not assert, that, with the exception of particular Baptists, most Baptist churches have, indeed, been historically Calvinistic. –“Calvinism and Baptists – Friends or Foes?”
He then goes on to explain the distinctive element of this “Baptist Calvinism” is that it is “of a more Amyraldian kind.” (I had to look that one up.) I’d never heard of Moses Amyraut, who was a Reformed, French protestant theologian during the early 17th Century. His was a 4/4.5 point Calvinism that held to a “kind of unlimited, limited atonement.”
I’ve found it interesting that even in the last few months as my attention was drawn more and more to conversations within the Southern Baptist Convention, the passionate response that Calvinism brings about. Either one is convinced that it is a scourge upon Baptist life that needs to be pressed out for fear that it undermines missions and evangelism while creating an arrogance among the “elite” elect, or it is passionately defended as the genuine article, the true interpretation of Scripture, and the only truly God-centered theology.
I find it interesting to note that, at least according to Dr. Naugle, all Southern Baptists are Calvinists to some degree.
Maybe we’re just predestined to argue amongst ourselves.