SOUTHERN BAPTISTS
Women’s Parley Too ‘Radical’

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, has pulled out of sponsoring a joint conference on women because the program looked too “radical.”

The seminary earlier had agreed to sponsor “Towards Solidarity: A Conference on Women and the Church” in March along with four other regional seminaries. But Albert Mohler, new president of the seminary, says that “the scope and nature of the program was slanted in a very radical direction and was not at all sensitive to the concerns of evangelicals.”

Keynote speakers at the conference will be Yale Divinity School’s Letty Russell, an advocate of lesbian rights in the church, and women’s rights activist Mercy Oduyoye of Ghana.

Mohler says the conference is “clearly directed toward issues of feminist theology and ideological concerns.”

ECUMENICAL EFFORT
Anti-Gambling Coalition Forms

Religious leaders from 32 states met recently in Jackson, Mississippi, to form the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, a network opposed to all forms of gambling on theological and philosophical grounds.

“The problem is exacerbating,” says Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission executive director Paul G. Jones.

Jones notes that there was little gambling beyond Nevada’s casinos and bingo games 30 years ago. Now, only a few of the 50 states have not authorized some sort of legalized betting.

According to Jones, Christians should oppose gambling based on moral concerns of greed, covetousness, and abuse of God’s resources. So should state officials. “It is not a legitimate function of government to make losers of its citizens or to promote what is deceptive,” Jones says.

“The principles in the Word of God are very clear. Any time a person ...

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