That secret may already be out. Although only 10 percent of SBC pastors identify themselves as Calvinists, nearly 30 percent of recent seminary graduates do, a groundswell that could spark more Oklahoma-like conflicts. Some of the denomination’s leading Reformed thinkers come from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, including its president, Al Mohler, and Tom Nettles, coauthor of Baptists and the Bible, a seminal text in the SBC’s conservative resurgence.
I have been trying to reconcile the extreme anti-calvinism of the Baptist church of my youth with folks like Al Mohler and the conserving wing of that communion. This article answers many of my questions.