August 01, 2015

Warmongering Anabaptists

Something ironic just occurred to me. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is leading the charge among the reactionary, non-Calvinist wing of the Southern Baptist Convention to recover the convention's supposed Anabaptist roots (see this book for example).

What is so ironic about this? Paige Patterson, like most of the SBC establishment, is a hawkish neoconversative (Patterson is a member of the Council for National Policy). Yet pacifism is one the distinctives of the Anabaptists. It would seem, then, that the affection that Patterson and his cronies have for the Anabaptists is not mutual. The pacifistic Anabaptists would be appalled by the warmongering of much of the Christian right which Patterson represents.

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