Baptists and Pluralism from one Historian's Point of View

June 30, 2003

Source: Baptist Standard

On June 30, 2003 the Baptist Standard reported that "Baptists bog down in theological 'quicksand' as they try to relate to people of other religions, church historian Bill Leonard reported... They’ve got 'one foot set in Jesus-ism and the other in pluralism,' Leonard said in a breakout session held during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s general assembly... But by taking clues from their heritage, Baptists can find firm footing to remain respectful while advocating for their cause, said Leonard, dean of Wake Forest University’s Divinity School... Throughout the generations, most Baptists have struggled to live in two worlds--unashamed commitment to Christian religion and an understanding of religious liberty that nurtured pluralism, he said."