Will New Calvinism Report Calm Tensions among Southern Baptists?

(UPDATED) SBC advisors find "challenging but not insurmountable points of tension" in soteriology struggle.

Update (June 7): Baptist Press rounds up reactions on both sides of the debate, while Russell Moore explains how both Calvinists and Arminians can contribute to religious liberty.


After growing tensions over Calvinism within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) culminated in heresy accusations last year, a 19-member advisory committee has issued a seven-page report on the soteriology struggle.

It's primary finding? There's no reason that Calvinist and Arminian Baptists cannot overcome their differences for the sake of the Great Commission.

According to Baptist Press, the report "lists areas of theological agreement and acknowledges differences between the two camps, saying 'we do indeed have some challenging but not insurmountable points of tension.'" However, the report also concludes that "neither those insisting that Calvinism should dominate Southern Baptist identity nor those who call for its elimination should set the course for our life together," and urges that "disagreements ...

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