Conference will focus on Baptist view of religious liberty

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, will host its first annual conference on key Baptist doctrines Sept. 8-9. The inaugural conference, which will be held at the seminary’s Center for Leadership Development, will focus on religious liberty.

Special guests at the conference will include Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and retired Houston Judge Paul Pressler, one of the architects of the conservative resurgence in the SBC. Land will discuss the role of religious liberty in the founding and development of America. Pressler will address contemporary issues in religious liberty in relation to the judiciary in America.

Other speakers will include Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson; Malcom Yarnell III, assistant dean for theological studies at Southwestern; Russell Moore, dean of the theology school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; and Emir Caner, dean of The College of Southwestern.

Patterson will examine the intersection of religious liberty and the preaching of salvation exclusively in Jesus Christ. Yarnell will present a lecture on the beginnings of Southern Baptist political ideology, while Moore will address the dangers and consequences of viewing religion principally as a cultural concern. Caner, a former Muslim, will speak on the prospects for religious liberty in Islamic nations.

Other speakers will focus on topics such as religious liberty in a time of war, the differences between religious liberty and religious autonomy, the role of ministers in contemporary political discourse, and the relationship of natural law and religious liberty.

“The First Freedom: A Conference on Religious Liberty” is sponsored by Southwestern’s Center for Leadership Development and the Southwestern Center for Theological Research. Register for the conference is underway. Registration information is available online at www.swbts.edu/conferences. Special rates are available for church groups and college, seminary and law school students.

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