Seminary laments its racist legacy
“A Southern Baptist seminary that believes the Bible forbids women from being pastors and that being homosexual is a sin has been wrong before, according to a 71-page report released Wednesday on slavery and racism in the history of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Citing ‘a sinful absence of historical curiosity,’ seminary president Albert Mohler commissioned six professors to produce the document inspired by a similar research project by Princeton University in 2017.
‘We must repent of our own sins, we cannot repent for the dead,’ said Mohler, who has staked his 25-year presidency on fidelity to Southern Seminary’s founding Abstract of Principles adopted in 1858. ‘We must, however, offer full lament for a legacy we inherit, and a story that is now ours.’
. . . The study says that after the Civil War, the seminary’s faculty largely accepted the ‘Lost Cause’ mythology of the South, popularized by books such as Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.”
It is good and proper for believers in Messiah Jesus to lament any legacy or heritage that is sinful.
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