[Sayma-Discuss] Jimmy Carter resigns from Southern Baptist Convention over status of women

Steve Livingston nc-stereoman at mail.com
Tue Jul 14 22:41:13 EDT 2009

"Jimmy Carter, a third-generation Southern Baptist and the first United
States president to call himself a born-again Christian, has reached what
he calls ''a painful decision'' to sever ties to the Southern Baptist
Convention, saying that parts of its ''increasingly rigid'' doctrines
violate the ''basic premises of my Christian faith.''

"Mr. Carter's decision, announced on Thursday in a letter that is being
mailed this week to 75,000 Baptists nationwide, comes four months after
the Southern Baptist Convention, the country's largest Protestant
denomination, declared its opposition to women as pastors."

Source: Carter Sadly Turns Back on National Baptist Body

NY Times, Oct 21, 2000


Mr. Carter does say in the 2009 article that he decided to sever his ties
with the Southern Baptist Convention "after six decades". He was 76 years
of age in 2000, and since he was brought up in the Southern Baptist
tradition, it's not unreasonable to assume that he "answered the call" at
age 16 - hence his reference to "six decades". When he parted ways with
the SBC in 2000, he listed among his reasons the SBC's position on the
subservience of women.

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