The Nashville Statement PM026 Featuring Joe Paris
Joe Paris is a Campus and Teaching Pastor in North Texas. He is passionate about sharing his faith and teaching. He loves helping college students understand what they believe and defining how their beliefs impact the world around them.
He received his D. Min in Apologetics 2015, and has worked as a teacher, a world view and apologetics trainer, speaker, and ministry director.
He is also a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
What is the Nashville Statement?
The Nashville statement is a document put out by Evangelical Church leaders and The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). The statement is a response to an increasingly post-Christian society that has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being (wording taken from the document’s preamble).
Some news outlets say their aim is to write doctrine opposing same sex marriage, and fluid gender identity.
What does it say?
The statement consists of 14 articles that each affirm and deny a belief. They cover a range of topics from a prohibition on sex outside of marriage to the connection between biological sex and gender identity.
How did the Nashville Statement get its name?
It’s named after Nashville because a coalition of scholars, pastors and other leaders finalized a draft of the statement in Nashville, said Denny Burk, president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, in an email.
The group met last week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center during the annual conference for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The public policy arm of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. hosted the coalition during their conference, which focused on parenting.
“There is a long Christian tradition of naming doctrinal statements after the places where they were drawn up: Council of Nicaea (325), Council of Constantinople (381), Council of Chalcedon (451), etc.,” Burk said.
There’s more recent examples too, including The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s founding document. (taken from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/30/what-nashville-statement-and-why-people-talking-it/619009001/)