President of Southern Baptist seminary teams up with secular site

By Tim Funk

In the nearly 2-minute video, posted Thursday, Danny Akin of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest starts off by acknowledging that evangelical Christians like himself disagree with the secular community on some “very important issues.”

 

So why, at a time when believers and non-believers are often not on speaking terms, would Akin agree to do such a video?

Because, he says on camera, the two sides do agree on some things. Namely, that “no one should be coerced when it comes to their particular religious beliefs, whether they are religious or not religious,” Akin says. “They should have the freedom to express what they believe and they should be able to do so without hatred, without discrimination.”

The seminary president goes on to say that Christians and those with no religious affiliation can also work together – “with mutual love, with mutual respect and understanding” – to help the poor and care for the planet.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. It’s probably an indictment against US Republican religious fundamentalists that whenever one of them demonstrates a degree of sanity, sincerity and compassion, the result is almost surreal.
    I do hope his attitude rubs off on some of his demented colleagues.

  2. Bravo! We should spend much less time arguing about what we believe exists or doesn’t exist and much more time working together to confront climate change, worldwide wealth inequality, over population, habitat loss, poverty and other important issues to humanity and the planet.

  3. Nordic11
    Jun 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I agree that cooperation on common objectives is good policy.

    There will however be irreconcilable differences, which will remain as long as faith-based dogmas are used by believers in place of science or in place of human welfare.

  4. Nordic 11 :

    Bravo! We should spend much less time arguing about what we believe exists or doesn’t exist and much more time working together to confront climate change, worldwide wealth inequality, over population, habitat loss, poverty and other important issues to humanity and the planet.

    Many thanks for your admission, albeit gracefully expressed, that Jesus will do bugger all to help us. Let’s deal with reality, if that’s OK ?

  5. Akin :

    “no one should be coerced when it comes to their particular religious beliefs, whether they are religious or not religious,” Akin says. “They should have the freedom to express what they believe and they should be able to do so without hatred, without discrimination.”

    Even children ?

  6. You can also see on You Tube the video I recorded a few months ago supporting the Openly Secular movement for the same reasons given by Akin. It’s good to know that I am not the only Southern Baptist who feels this way especially given his position. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets any blowback over this video.

  7. Are we tricked that easily? No!, I’m not buying this. This “can’t we all just get along” message is not selling. You can’t take a dump on me and tell me I’m smelling a rose. To think for one minute that the Southern persuasion would give an inch is the epitome of folly regarding a supposed cooperation between believers and non-believers. The folk on the other side of the pond would likely miss the faint to the side from the religious front in this neck of the woods but I am not going to be tricked by a new tactic. I’m not buying it today, tomorrow, or any other day. The circus will leave town without my coins in their pockets. The glaring point of his assertion is “we may disagree”. That is the understatement of the ages, you can bet the farm on that proposition Danny, I will never agree to a delusion that you would shove down my throat, not going to happen, not ever!

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