The Nashville Statement's Imperfect Clarity

The “Nashville Statement” on sexuality, marriage, and gender identity, released last week by evangelical organizations connected with the Southern Baptist Convention and endorsed by major evangelical leaders, does not contain anything surprising. In most cases, it would be a tautologous event in the news cycle: “Evangelicals sign document teaching evangelical doctrine.” Left-of-center commentators have been repulsed by the traditionalism of the document's fourteen articles—and that, too, is to be expected. Most interesting has been the response from within the traditional evangelical community, as several people whom I greatly respect have expressed concerns.

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