Two Southern Baptist professors to resign over doctrinal statement

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2001

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Two Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professors must resign within a year because they refused to sign a Southern Baptist Convention doctrinal statement.

Rick Johnson, 49, an Old Testament professor, and Jeph Holloway, 44, a professor of ethics, told administrators they could not in conscience sign the ''Baptist Faith and Message,'' which was made more conservative with 1998 and 2000 amendments. The statement includes a ban on women as pastors and says that wives should ''submit graciously'' to their husbands.

The professors affirmed the less restrictive 1963 doctrinal statement.

''This is an agonizing time for us. Because we are a confessional institution, our faculty must affirm and agree according, and not contrary, to the Southern Baptist statement of faith,'' seminary spokesman David Porter said.

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