Will Baptists Remain True to Religious Liberty?

Baptist historian Bill Leonard urges them to.

Be true to religious liberty, Baptists urged | ABP: Leonard said it was easy for Baptists to affirm pluralism and freedom of conscience while they were a distinct and sometimes-persecuted minority, but as religious liberty became more the norm, they discovered that, the First Amendment notwithstanding, Americans “grant religious liberty grudgingly” to minority groups.

Now, Leonard said, the pluralism that Baptists anticipated and defended much earlier than many American Protestant groups has prevailed, with cities and towns populated by multiple Christian and non-Christian religious groups and the accompanying “death rattle of Protestant privilege in American culture,” especially in the South and Southwest.

“This loss of religious hegemony forces us to ask: What will become of our commitment to religious liberty now?” Leonard said.

Some baptists continue to celebrate true religious liberty while others seem to have long forgotten this important and large aspect of their history. Hopefully baptists will remember their heritage, heed Leonard’s urging, and reaffirm their commitment to religious liberty for all.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s