A new title

25 Oct

For discussion: I propose that henceforth I will identify myself as an Old School Baptist.


Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Conservatism, Fundamentalism


11 responses to “A new title

  1. Terry Lange

    October 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Are you sure about that? Some fundamentalists (right ditch) refer to their beliefs as old-school or old-time religion. Could lead to some confusion :)

    • Michael Riley

      October 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I disregard the opinion of anyone whose notion of “old school” lands me squarely in the 1950s.

  2. Greg Linscott

    October 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Maybe. Still will require explanation, including how old your “school” is. Furthermore, I imagine that title doesn’t fully capture your dispensationalist tendencies. Also doesn’t necessarily rule out excesses you might not desire to identify with (“local only” vs. universal church, “Baptist Bride”)…

    • Michael Riley

      October 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Greg (and Terry, really),

      I completely agree with the points both of you raise; frankly, I think no label avoids those kinds of problems. That said, the Old School Presbyterianism to which I’m tipping my hat with this label is expressly opposed to exactly the kinds of problems that you’ve mentioned.

      But you are right that one label doesn’t solve those problem.

  3. Matthew Olmstead

    October 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Spoken like a Westminster guy! :D

  4. Mark Snoeberger

    October 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    So are you pro-slavery or anti-slavery?

    • Michael Riley

      October 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      I think your comment wins as the most on-point critique, Mark.

  5. Todd Mitchell

    October 26, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Michael Riley, O.S.B.

    If only weren’t taken . . .

  6. Benjamin Habegger

    October 26, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I like it. If people interpret it as “Jack Hyles Baptist” or “Ante-Nicene Baptist,” that’s their problem.

    • Michael Riley

      October 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

      I have a good friend who is suggesting the name “Orthodox Baptist.” I actually like that quite a bit, as it seems that it would offend all the right people.

  7. Justin Olmstead

    November 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Confessional Baptist? As long as we’re nodding to Presbyterians…

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