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The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Motto For the truth. For the church. For the world. For the glory of God
Established 1859
Type Private, Baptist
President R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Location Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Affiliations Southern Baptist Convention;Kentuckiana Metroversity
Website www.sbts.edu

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, or SBC. Southern Seminary or SBTS is the oldest of the seminaries in the SBC and was founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 1859 by James Petigru Boyce who served as its first president. The seminary moved to Louisville in 1877. Southern Seminary upholds the SBC Baptist Faith and Message, and its own Abstract of Principles. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is a term describing individuals belonging... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... “Louisville” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States-based cooperative ministry agency serving Baptist churches around the world. ... The Kentuckiana Metroversity, Inc. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... “Louisville” redirects here. ... A seminary or theological college is a specialized and often live-in higher education institution for the purpose of instructing students (seminarians) in philosophy, theology, spirituality and the religious life, usually in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ... The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States-based cooperative ministry agency serving Baptist churches around the world. ... Greenville is the third largest city in the state of South Carolina. ... James Petgru Boyce (1827–1888) was a U.S. Baptist theologian, Calvinist, and Baptist seminary professor. ... The Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M) is the Southern Baptist Convention confession of faith. ...


The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools[1] and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[2]. The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is an organization of seminaries and other graduate schools of theology. ... The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. ...


The ninth and current president of the seminary is R. Albert Mohler, Jr., whose tenure began in 1993. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Background

Christianity
Protestantism
Anabaptists
General Baptists & Particular Baptists
Landmarkism
Conservative/Fundamentalist Ascendance
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Baptist theology

London Confession, 1689
New Hampshire Confession, 1833
Baptist Faith & Message
The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith was written by Calvinistic Baptists in England to give a formal expression of the Reformed and Protestant Christian faith with an obvious Baptist perspective. ... In 1833, Baptists in the United States agreed upon a confession of faith around which they could organize a missionary society under the Triennial Convention. ... The Baptist Faith and Message (BF&M) is the Southern Baptist Convention confession of faith. ...


Doctrinal distinctives

Biblical inerrancy
Autonomy of the local church
Priesthood of believers
Two ordinances
Individual soul liberty
Separation of church and state
Two offices
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People
Deceased

John Spilsbury | Lottie Moon | B. H. Carroll
W.A. Criswell | Herschel H. Hobbs | Adrian Rogers
E. Y. Mullins | Jerry Falwell | Gaines S. Dobbins
John Spilsbury was an English Baptist minister who led the Particular Baptists during the Eighteenth Century. ... Lottie Moon Lottie Moon (1840-1912) was a missionary to China who spent 40 years helping the Chinese - weighing only 50 lbs at her death having given away all she had to aid the starving Chinese. ... Benajah Harvey Carroll (1843-1914) was a Baptist pastor, theologian, teacher, and author. ... W.A. Criswell,Ph. ... Adrian Rogers Adrian Rogers,Th. ... This article is about Jerry Falwell, Sr. ...

Living

Billy Graham | Rick Warren | Duke K. McCall
Richard Land | Paige Patterson | Albert Mohler
The Reverend William Franklin Graham, Jr. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Duke K. McCall (b. ... Dr. Richard Land is the president of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the public policy entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, a post he has held since 1988. ... Patterson after hunting in Africa. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Related organizations

Cooperative Program
North American Mission Board
International Mission Board
LifeWay Christian Resources
Women's Missionary Union
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Baptist Press
Canadian Convention
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Seminaries

Golden Gate
Midwestern
New Orleans
Southeastern
Southern
Southwestern
Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) is one of six official seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention. ... The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, located in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is a seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. ... Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, whose stated mission is to provide theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. ...

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Methodology

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary primarily practices "traditional" or "evangelical" apologetic religious training combined with practical ministerial experience. According to Wikipedia, "Apologetics is the field of study concerned with the systematic defense of a position. Someone who engages in apologetics is called an apologist or an "apologete". The term comes from the Greek word apologia (απολογία), meaning defense of a position against an attack." This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


In this method students are taught about Baptist theology and other religions so that future ministers, missionaries, and church workers can most effectively communicate and defend their faith to non-Christians. This method of teaching involves evaluating, with a purpose in validating, the Christian Bible to be the inspired word of the Christian God and infallible. This must not be confused with non-faith-based religious education, which is an academic discipline of the liberal arts. Methods of Biblical inquiry accepted by secular scholars are usually significantly different, generally involving an inherent view of the Bible as non-inspired. Infallibility is the ability to be free from error (obtain certainty). ...


This understanding of religious education also differs from the critical method of religious training, which is commonly taught in many modern seminaries and universities. In the critical method, the Christian Bible is seen as non-authoritative, and religion is seen as a pure humanity. Religion as an academic discipline occupies itself with the purely objective and non-faith-based study of world religions and religion (all religions, including non-Christian) as a timeless aspect of the human condition.


History

According to the Southern Baptist Convention, the Seminary has been an innovator in theological education since its founding in 1859 in Greenville, South Carolina as the first seminary of the SBC. The school's pioneering legacy began in the visionary mind of James Petigru Boyce, the school's first president. Boyce dreamed of a school that would accept all God-called individuals for study regardless of their educational background.


Though disrupted briefly by the Civil War, Southern Seminary has continued to pursue Boyce's initial vision for nearly 150 years. Southern was one of the first seminaries in the nation to offer a Ph. D. Its department of missions is one of the oldest in the world. It was the first in the nation to offer courses in religious education and in church social work. In 1994, Southern Seminary opened the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth, the first program in the Southern Baptist Convention dedicated solely to training missionaries and evangelists. In 1997, Southern again made changes to advance theological education with the formation of an undergraduate program, The James P. Boyce College of the Bible, now simply Boyce College.


Notable alumni

See also Category:Southern Baptist Theological Seminary alumni

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Former presidents

  • 1888 James Petigru Boyce
  • 1888-1895 John Albert Broadus
  • 1895-1899 William Heth Whitsitt
  • 1899-1928 Edgar Young Mullins
  • 1929-1942 John Richard Sampey
  • 1942-1950 Ellis Adams Fuller
  • 1951-1982 Duke Kimbrough McCall
  • 1982-1993 Roy Lee Honeycutt
  • 1993-present R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

James Petgru Boyce (1827–1888) was a U.S. Baptist theologian, Calvinist, and Baptist seminary professor. ... Duke K. McCall (b. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Current organization

Southern is currently structured under five schools:

  • The School of Theology (Russell D. Moore, Dean)
  • The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth (Charles E. Lawless Jr., Dean)
  • The School of Leadership and Church Ministry (Randy Stinson, Dean)
  • The School of Church Music and Worship (Thomas Bolton, Dean)
  • Boyce College (James H. Scroggins IV, Dean)

Noted current faculty members include Thomas Schriener, Bruce Ware, Thomas Nettles, Gregory Wills, and Chad Owen Brand.


Mission statement

Under the lordship of Jesus Christ, the mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is

to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God,
to the Great Commission as our mandate,
and to be a servant of the churches
of the Southern Baptist Convention
by training, educating, and preparing ministers
of the gospel for more faithful service. This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Christ is the English term for the Greek word (Christós), which literally means The Anointed One. ...

References

External links

  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Archives Southern Baptist Seminary
  • Boyce College
  • SBTS Student and Faculty MetaBlog
  • Said At Southern, index of blogs and current events

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (587 words)
The Seminary, established in 1901, was originally an outgrowth of the theological department of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas authorized the separation of the seminary from Baylor University in 1907.
The seminary was chartered by the State of Texas on March 14, 1908, and functioned on the Waco campus until the summer of 1910.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (648 words)
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, or SBC.
Southern Seminary or SBTS is the oldest of the seminaries in the SBC and was founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 1859 by James Petigru Boyce who served as its first president.
The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools[1] and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[2].
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