Across the United States, many churches are fading, some churches are closing, and a handful of churches are surging with explosive growth. What makes the difference?
Mercer professor David Gushee believes conversations that are uncomfortable are sometimes the most important.
Moderate Baptists have distinguished themselves from their more conservative and fundamentalist brothers and sisters for a generation through their elevation of freedom of conscience to a near-absolute good. While the conservatives who came to dominate the Southern Baptist Convention increasingly focused on defining and requiring (their particular version of) doctrinal orthodoxy, moderate Baptists proclaimed that freedom of individual conscience before God is a more distinctive Baptist principle than doctrinal conservatism.