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Battle for the Minds (1996)

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the fundamentalist takeover of southern seminary
5 May 2002 | by (Claremont, CA) – See all my reviews

lipscomb documents the takeover of southern baptist theological seminary in louisville, ky, in 1995 by the fundamentalists whose ascension to power in the southern baptist convention began in 1979. including scenes from candlelight vigils, peaceful protests of board of directors meetings, interviews with students, faculty and board members, as well as scenes from significant sbc meetings, the documentary gives a broad look at the ways fundamentalist control continues to demean and dismiss women by appealing to select verses from scripture. again and again, men interviewed in the documentary quote timothy -- "the pastor must be the husband of one wife" -- their proof that a woman can't be a pastor. (of course, they don't seem to consider transgendered ways of subverting that interpretation -- but that's for a different documentary.) for those who've heard of a "controversy" in the sbc for the last couple of decades, "battle for the minds" shows clearly the effect that controversy had in the lives of students, alum and faculty at sbts.


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