Baptists and human rights.
Notoriously, Baptists, at times in their history, have violated basic human rights. Support for slavery, segregation, and racism prove the point. However, historic Baptist ideals reject all forms of human rights violations.
On January 12-15, 1976, I had the privilege of attending the National Bicentennial bi·cen·ten·ni·al
1. Happening once every 200 years.
2. Lasting for 200 years.
3. Relating to a 200th anniversary.
A 200th anniversary or its celebration. Also called bicentenary. Convocation: Baptists and the American Experience American Experience (sometimes abbreviated AmEx) is a television program airing on the PBS network in the United States. The program airs documentaries about important or interesting events and people in American history, many of which have won impressive in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, Judson Press published the book, Baptists and the American Experience (1976), edited by James E. Wood, Jr., executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs Those public information, command information, and community relations activities directed toward both the external and internal publics with interest in the Department of Defense. Also called PA. See also command information; community relations; public information. (now Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) is an education and advocacy association in the United States with a number of Baptist denominations. It states that it seeks to promote religious liberty for all and to uphold the principle of church-state separation. ), containing papers presented at the meeting. Titled "Baptists and Human Rights in the American Experience," part 2 of the book included five major papers on the topic.
In 1978, James Wood James Wood can refer to:
There has never been a greater need than today for Baptists to demonstrate their genuine and unequivocal commitment to human rights and their profound concern for human values within the social and political structures of today's world. In this Baptists can claim to possess no special competence, no superior wisdom, and no ready-made formula for the implementation of a program of human rights, at home or abroad.... Meanwhile, impelled by a biblical faith, Baptists must not fail, now or in the future, to identify themselves with the cause of human rights for all persons everywhere. (1)
The Baptist World Alliance The Baptist World Alliance is a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches and organizations, formed in 1905 at Exeter Hall in London during the first Baptist World Congress. has done an excellent job of reminding Baptists over and over of the pivotal need to advance human rights. Four kinds of published resources illustrate that. First, the BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) High-speed wireless access. Typically refers to wireless last mile access to the Internet. See WiMAX and broadband. coordinated nineteen Baptist World Congress meetings between 1905 and 2005. Published volumes of proceedings from those Congresses contain numerous papers, manifestos, declarations, and resolutions supporting human rights. They also present reports of the Human Rights Commission and provide information about persons who received BWA's annual Human Rights Award.
Second, four published volumes contain the papers prepared by and for the Study and Research Division of the BWA in 1986-2005. (2) These volumes contain 18 major papers presented by the Commission on Human Rights in 1986-2000 and by the Freedom and Justice Study Commission in 2000-2005.
Third, the BWA Human Rights Commission published in 1997 a 35-page booklet titled Baptists and Human Rights written by James E. Wood, Jr., professor of church-state studies at Baylor University Baylor University, mainly at Waco, Tex.; coeducational; chartered and opened 1845 by Baptists (see Baylor, Robert E. B.) at Independence, moved 1886 and absorbed Waco Univ. (chartered 1861). The library has a noted Robert Browning collection. . (3)
Fourth, in 1999, James Leo Leo, in astronomy
Leo [Lat.,=the lion], northern constellation lying S of Ursa Major and on the ecliptic (apparent path of the sun through the heavens) between Cancer and Virgo; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Garrett, Jr., distinguished professor of theology emeritus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, whose stated mission is "to provide theological education for individuals engaging in Christian , served as editor-in-chief of an 88-page book titled We Baptists: Study and Research Division, Baptist World Alliance. The six chapters reflect the work of the six BWA study commissions. Chapter 6 is titled "Human Rights for All."
Where do Baptists stand today on human rights? First, we need to express deep gratitude for Baptists who sacrificed themselves in defending such rights. Second, we need to recognize, as the book We Baptists put it, that "the greatest problem related to human rights is the universal reluctance and failure to implement them." (4)
Charles W. Deweese
Baptist History and Heritage Society
(1.) Baptist History and Heritage, 13 (July 1978): 62.
(2.) The four volumes include: 1986-1990--william H. Brackney with Ruby J. Burke (eds.), Faith, Life, and Witness (Birmingham, AL: Samford University Not to be confused with Stanford University.
Samford University is a private, coeducational, Baptist-affiliated university located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. As of 2006, Samford ranks number four in the South among master's degree institutions in this year's U. Press, 1990), 241-313; 1990-1995--William H. Brackney and L. A. (Tony) Cupit (eds.), Baptist Faith & Witness (Birmingham, AL: Samford University Press and McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1995), 104-34; 1995-2000--L.A. (Tony) Cupit (ed.), Baptist Faith and Witness (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1999), 213-59; 2000-2005--L.A. (Tony) Cupit (ed.), Baptist Faith & Witness (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2005), 166-215.
(3.) James E. Wood, Jr., Baptists and Human Rights (N.p.: BWA Human Rights Commission, 1997).
(4.) Ibid., 85.