Call for Applications: Religious Freedom Research Project Graduate Summer Research Fellowship… https://t.co/0EMx5827Pf
David Brainerd’s 300th Birthday https://t.co/DPWKtPmmFZ Thomas Kidd, @TGC
Puritans, Baptists, and the Powers of Darkness - ISR symposium Apr. 18 featuring Crawford Gribben and Philip Jenkins https://t.co/akhaMludyU
Five Great Books on African American Evangelical History - Thomas Kidd @TGC https://t.co/rDfrYw545M
On Getting Churches Totally Wrong https://t.co/p47UX5ZQ9c Philip Jenkins via @anxious_bench @PatheosEvang
The Dancer and the Hero https://t.co/SZPw32RgTh Philip Jenkins via @anxious_bench @PatheosEvang
The Story Behind ‘Paul, Apostle of Christ,’ by @MeanCharlotte - cites the work of ISR's Rodney Stark https://t.co/eTF387hEUQ via @WSJOpinion
Puritans, Baptists, and the Powers of Darkness - ISR symposium Apr. 18 featuring Crawford Gribben and Philip Jenkin… https://t.co/hElvfwY8jj
Western Christians’ Responses to Denials of Religious Freedom - Paul Marshall https://t.co/5jPd5qjgXd @drpaulmarshall @CaesarsSword
The distinctive faith of South America's Quechua Catholics https://t.co/kwJ1vlhPa1 Philip Jenkins via @ChristianCent

ISR’s Kidd quoted in article: Trump taps outgoing Southern Baptist head for religious board

Ronnie Floyd, the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will join dozens of other conservative Christian leaders offering counsel to Donald Trump as part of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s new religious advisory board.

The Trump campaign announced the 25-member board that is expected to focus on issues that matter to evangelicals and other people of faith on Tuesday, which is the same day Trump met with hundreds of Christian conservatives in New York City.

Floyd, who ended his term as president of the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention last week, said Monday in a statement to The Tennessean that he planned to attend Tuesday’s meetings, but had yet to commit to anything further. The outgoing head of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. and senior pastor of Cross Church in Arkansas did not respond Tuesday to a follow-up request for comment.

 

The panel, which will meet regularly, also includes former U.S. congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and will serve as the executive board for a bigger Faith and Cultural Advisory Committee, a Trump campaign news release stated. The larger committee will be announced later in June.

“I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group, and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am president,” said Trump in a news release.

Members of the board were not asked to endorse the presidential hopeful but some have, such as Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. While others have publicly criticized the candidate, such as Richard Land, the Southern Evangelical Seminary president and former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

“Depending on the profile of the people in the group, it might also be a rallying group that would attract others,” Ingram said.

Since Trump is such a divisive figure, Thomas Kidd, a history professor at Baylor University and co-author of “Baptists in America: A History,” said advisory board members should consider whether they’re on it to offer advice or to boost voters’ perceptions of Trump.

“I understand that membership does not technically mean endorsement, but we may assume that the Trump campaign will portray members as endorsers,” Kidd said. “Many conservative Christians find Trump to be utterly unacceptable as a candidate. Is it worth it for any faith leader to spend so much capital supporting Trump, if he is such a divisive figure in one’s church, college or denomination?”

Reach Holly Meyer at 615-259-8241 and on Twitter @HollyAMeyer. 

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