The Baptist Headway by Russell D. Moore

The Baptist Headway

America’s Largest Protestant Denomination & the Culture War

by Russell D. Moore

Southern Baptist cultural engagement has been something like country musician Loretta Lynn’s first visit to the Nixon White House. Greeting the president in the reception line, Lynn reportedly blurted out, “Good morning, Richard.” When horrified White House personnel informed her later that she should not have referred to the president by his first name, Lynn is said to have replied, “Well, they called Jesus ‘Jesus,’ didn’t they?”

The counterculture celebrated her words as a feminist-populist protest against hierarchical distinctions. In fac . . .