SAMUEL SANDMEL, 68, noted Reform Jewish theologian and author, the first Jewish scholar to publish a study of the New Testament; November 4 in Cincinnati, Ohio, after a long illness.

WELLINGTON MULWA, 61, bishop since 1970 of Kenya’s Africa Inland Church; begun in 1895 by the Africa Inland Mission, the 2,000-congregation, 500,000-member body is Kenya’s largest Protestant church; November 11, in Nairobi, from complications resulting from pneumonia.

The Southern Baptist Convention is speeding after a goal of presenting the gospel to everyone on earth by the year 2000. But moving faster up the denominational agenda has been the issue of biblical inerrancy. In recent months, the nation’s largest Protestant body has been almost hamstrung by it.

The issue has been building since the denomination’s national convention last June in Houston, where a group of Baptists vigorously campaigned to elect a proinerrancy SBC president, Adrian Rogers of Memphis, Tennessee. Of the 34 Baptist state conventions held during the past two months, at least 10 were affected directly or indirectly by the conservatives versus liberals debate over Scripture.

In Georgia, conservatives (meaning in this context those who advocate full biblical inerrancy and most often the verbal plenary inspiration method) failed, at least for the time being, in their attempt to remove Jack Harwell as editor of the Christian Index, the official publication of the Georgia Baptist Convention. At issue was a letter written by Harwell five years ago in answer to an inquirer, in which he said Adam and Eve represented mankind and womankind, not one historic man and one woman.

The Dodge County Baptist Association, representing 38 churches, had voted at its annual meeting for Harwell’s ...

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