Head of Baptist Seminary Endorses Openly Secular

This is really cool. Danny Akin, the president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has recorded a video for the Openly Secular project. He talks about how no one should face discrimination due to their faith or lack thereof and about how we can find common ground in helping others. Great message and a nice get for Todd Stiefel.

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  • John Pieret

    Well … and I don’t say this lightly … God bless. Danny!

  • D. C. Sessions

    How is the whole “bell, book, and candle” thing going?

  • StevoR

    @ ^ D. C. Sessions : Badly.

  • Al Dente

    Thank you, Danny.

  • daved

    The calls for Danny’s resignation and/or stoning should be coming along nicely by Tuesday. He must be pretty secure in his job to be doing this. I commend him, regardless.

  • dingojack

    On a side note: Reading the headline made me wonder, are there seminaries devoted to other bits of John the Baptist’s anatomy?!?

    :) Dingo

  • derek lactin

    Not all religious people are dicks. Most, in fact, are not.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    dingojack @ # 6: … are there seminaries devoted to other bits of John the Baptist’s anatomy?!?

    According to the story, said anatomy was divided into only two parts, and Salomé only wanted the part this seminary was named after. (Do they call their campus “The Platter”?)

  • grumpyoldfart

    Quote from the video:

    We do believe together that no-one should be coerced when it comes to their particular religious belief. Whether they are religious or not religious, they should have the freedom to express what they believe. And they should be able to do so without hatred; without discrimination. They should not be put down because they happen to disagree with another person in terms of what they believe.

    Compare what he says in the video

    to what he teaches in the seminary:

    We do believe together that no-one should be coerced when it comes to their particular religious belief.

    Whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16)

    Whether they are religious or not religious, they should have the freedom to express what they believe.

    Whoever is not with me is against me (Matthew 12:30)

    And they should be able to do so without hatred

    If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matthew 18:6)

    without discrimination.

    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3:36)

    They should not be put down because they happen to disagree with another person in terms of what they believe.

    The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. (Psalm 14:1)

    A Christian getting loose with the truth. What a surprise!

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Meanwhile, back in the South:

    President Akin shares biblical foundations for marriage and family

    Since 2008, Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), has taught biblical principles for marriage and family in this setting. The conference continued to grow this year with approximately 115 attendees from the SEBTS family and beyond.

    This is the most requested topic for Akin to speak on from churches across the United States…

    Southern Baptist leaders fear legal gay marriage will censor free speech

    WASHINGTON (BNG)—A Supreme Court decision this summer to legalize same-sex marriage in America would exacerbate a pattern of restrictions on the free speech of individuals who say publicly they believe homosexuality is a sin, according to a legal brief filed April 2 by leaders of religious bodies including the Southern Baptist Convention.

    … Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary joined the argument, along with individuals including Southeastern Seminary President Daniel Akin, Southern Seminary President Al Mohler and Owen Strachan of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

    Fuck you, Danny Akin. I can get the same big smile and welcome from any used car salesman.

  • Nomad

    I can’t help but see that video as being full of conservative dog whistles. When he says that people should be free from discrimination for their religious beliefs, he’s mirroring the language being used by opponents of gay marriage in their last ditch efforts to prevent marriage equality. He knows that his tribe thinks that being prevented from discriminating against LGBT people is the only form of discrimination that matters right now, and he knows they’ll be cheering him on as he gets the openly secular project to repeat that language.

    Reginald Selkirk has revealed that Akin has signed on to the bullshit “if gays can marry it’ll harm my freedom of speech” argument. And that kind of says it all. When Akin talks about dignity and respect, he means *his* dignity and respect, or more to the point his privilege. Which he aims to fight to preserve at any cost.

    This video was a finger in the eye to the entire openly secular project.

  • anubisprime

    No Xtian in the history of Xtianity has ever, or would ever want to be classed legally as on equal footing with atheists, secular folk and teh ghey…that is not and never was any part in their game plan.

    It is surprising that anyone would trust them on this, and seems naive if not reckless, because a slight change of focus, do not look where he is pointing, look where his eyes are. and he is not actually talking about equality but in Xtian privilege.

    He just framed his diatribe to sound all fluffy and pink to secular aligned ears but the bones of xtian exceptionalism poke through the surface here and there.

    Learn ancient history and beware Greeks…in this case an Xtian…bearing gifts, because Xtians always carry the knife behind their back.

  • Anri

    Well, dude, you can believe that human beings are creatures with rights and dignity that should be respected, or you can believe your god is good.

    You can’t believe both.

    Make up your mind.

    Pick a side.