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knowledge to that which we may find complete; but that we urge upon those who
train our rising generation [to guard] against the expression of immature
conclusions which are in conflict with the faith of those who support our
educational institutions.
So much for the statement of the Bateman Resolutions over the
matter of evolution, but equally important and by no means to be
neglected in a historic record is the statement which indicates the
attitude of the Baptists of the State on vital Baptist principles, which
are enumerated in the first section of the Resolutions, as follows
That this Convention, in defining its attitude toward Modernism, affirm its
positive belief in redemption through the blood of Christ, and salvation by grace
through faith, as set forth in the Holy Scriptures, which we believe are infallibly true
as making known the way of eternal life; and we believe that they reveal the divine
nature, character and work of Christ, who is the crown of revelation; and that we
refuse to give up our historic position of the awful sinfulness of sin as a breach of
God's law and incurring guilt; the complete depravity of man apart from God; the
vicarious sacrifice of Christ; and the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration as a
basis for the culture of a new life; each of these having firmly grounded testimony
in the experience of believers as well as in the Scripture.5
It will be observed that for the most part this statement differs from
the statements made by President Poteat in his Winston-Salem
address by being fuller and explicit where Poteat's was implicit.
There was no discussion of the Bateman Resolutions by the
Convention, but they were voted upon immediately after the reading
and adopted with only one dissenting vote. This was inevitable. Like
the Poteat statement the Resolutions were not open to attack, since
they stated the truth as Baptists believe it. Everybody knew that they
were called forth by conditions at the College, but they did not show
any desire to interfere with the teaching of evolution, as some feared
they would; they encouraged investigation in the study of nature, and
they manifested a friendly spirit, and called for the cooperation of the
5 Annual of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for 1925.
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