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A Recent Conference of Conservative Christians

BookCoverImageA few weeks ago, a group of friends who affirm the Conservative Christian Declaration met in Phoenix, Arizona for a small conference. It was a wonderful time of stimulating discussion, warm fellowship, and meaningful worship.

We plan to do something like this again in the future, so stay tuned for information.

In the meantime, you can listen to a few of the presentations here. Unfortunately not all of the presentations were recorded. We also plan to publish a collection of the talks in the near future.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

4 Responses to A Recent Conference of Conservative Christians

  1. Scott,

    Is conservative Christianity actually biblical Christianity? In a Christian worldview, there is only one Christianity, isn’t there? By saying that the Christianity is conservative, are we not saying that there is more than one?

  2. Alan,

    I’m not trying to speak for Scott, but perhaps an illustration would help. I’m Baptist, so I have a specific set of beliefs about the way the New Testament presents baptism. Presbyterians have it all wrong, from my perspective, but they have lots of other stuff right. I think that my Christianity is more biblical than theirs is; they think that their Christianity is more biblical than mine. I am not ready to say that they are not Christians because they disagree with my understanding of baptism. They would, for the most part, extend the same charity to me.

    In a similar way, we use the term “conservative” to highlight a value distinction that we’re committed to. We are convinced that the Bible not only gives us right doctrine and practice, but also right values, or loves. In the penumbra of Biblical teaching there is a valuation of objects and concepts: that is why, for example, Jesus didn’t just say “you ought to forgive people because your debt to God is great” to Peter. He told him a parable that helped him to not only THINK the right way, but also to FEEL the right way about forgiveness. Forgiveness has a quality, not just a quantity.

    But we don’t think we’re the first people to stumble across this truth: actually, we think we’re part of (one of) the first generation(s) who don’t believe this, and we’re trying to recover it. That’s why we distinguish ourselves as “conservative.”

    Hope that helps!

  3. Thanks, Chris. You said it well.

    Alan, have you seen our Conservative Christian Declaration? That might give you a better understanding of what we mean.

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