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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Barmen Declaration and Snyder Memorial; Shoah and Southern History

January 6 my friend John Killian, 2nd VP of the Alabama Baptist Convention posted a blog on the Movie the Valkyrie:

An intense discussion has developed there between myself and a Sunday School teacher at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville North Carolina. June 1, West Point Chaplain John Scott will become Pastor at Snyder one of the more influential CBF congregations in North Carolina.
In the comment line of Killian's blog I quoted a Baylor PHD student, Aaron Weaver, about Killian's views of what he calls the influence of Liberal theologians.
Lot of things come in to play here, from the legacy of Jesse Helms, to how deep understanding of the major currents of Southern culture and Baptist faith are in what passes for progressive Baptist congregations like Snyder--Jerry Boykin, great friend of SBC president Bobby Welch, spoke to 300 last year at Snyder--Dawson Memorial, and Hayes Barton where Helms was lifetime member and where his funeral was held.

This blog is a work in progress some come back often for the next few days as I add links.
One I think this blogpost as well as the Bham Baptist Covenant Jan 31 to which I have invited Killian; a great framework for this discussion are not only the current movies Valkyrie and more significantly The Reader with Kate Winslett; but Princeton essayist Nell Irwin Painter.

From Painter, to UVA's Charles Marsh, to Mercer's David Gushee; lot here for all to chew on.

The Painter link--once there scroll down to page 34 for her essay The Shoah and Southern History.

Embedded in this post at, just a click away.

Re: John Killian's Valkyrie Lessons for Humanity

And Direct link to Nell Painter's work most appropo for the Birmingham Baptist Covenant conveners and platform and workshop personalities:,M1

And Damon Linker on Neuhaus as improper conflation for the Holocaust here:

Damon Linker on Abortion politics champion RJ neuhaus


Blogger bapticus hereticus said...

O release the dog,

Flat-out bore

to corral US?

Coherence to a diverse voice?

Yes, but of late, he made a choice,

to divide US

culture war!

Still some Pettus fog.

10:29 AM  

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