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Which Biblical Theology frameworks are currently taught in the Southern Baptist seminaries?

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There are two major frameworks of Biblical Theology in Protestant Christianity: Dispensationaliam and Covenant Theology. Simplistically, Dispensationaliam says there is a big discontinuity between Israel and the Church, while Covenant Theology says there is a great continuity between Israel and the Church.

While the Southern Baptist Covention has a mix of Calvinist and Arminian congregations, my understanding is that the seminaries tend to the Calvinist side. Neither Dispensationaliam nor Covenant Theology would sit well with Reformed Baptists, so I was wondering what these seminaries teach.

New Covenant Theology is a more recent framework that tries to chart a middle path between Dispensationaliam and Covenant Theology. Do any of the SBC seminaries teach NCT? Or do they teach their own framework that similarly tries to chart a path between the two, but differs in the details? Or do they teach traditional Dispensationaliam or Covenant Theology?

The SBC seminaries may not all teach the same framework, but as there are only six, it shouldn't be too hard to summarise what they do.

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Traditional Reformed Baptists are explicitly covenantal; see Chapter 7 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession. Sigma‭ 4 months ago

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I'm friends with people at both Midwestern and Southwestern. From what I understand there are a diversity of views among professors while remaining within the bounds of the Baptist Faith & Message. Additionally, all frameworks are "taught" as part of Christian History or Theology courses so you don't just get "Here is what I, Professor X, say you should believe." You could however have a covenantal credobaptist professor for one class, a dispensationalist for a second, and a NC theologian for a third. I believe the dispensationalists tend toward progressive variety rather than traditional.

The other schools may be different, of course, I don't have a lot of data points!

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