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Good man, fair-to-middlin' book
on November 7, 2000
I've always regarded Jimmy Carter as a better human being than a president. What he accomplished after his term in office is, I believe, much greater than what he accomplished as Chief Executive of the United States. Unsurprisingly, given his humanitarian efforts, his personal faith leans more towards the social gospel and less towards the personally spiritual aspects of the faith, although those aspects are present as well. When discussing theological issues, or discussing the controversies in his Southern Baptist Church, he falls a little short. He does not display a good understanding of some conservative positions. I'm not saying he has to agree with them, but to claim that inerrantists mostly believe the King James Version is inerrant is, well, errant. True inerrantists believe the inerrancy is in the original documents, in the original languages. Those who believe homosexuality is wrong (what he calls "attacking homosexuals) get their beliefs from a few Old Testament verses, claims Mr. Carter. Actually, there are passages in the New Testament that would seem to support that position as well. And it is obvious he has never even made an attempt to come to grips with the doctrine of predestination. One thing in his favor, though: he does not support the conclusions of the Jesus Seminar.
Jimmy Carter deserves much respect for the good that he's done for humanity. I believe his faith is genuine, and he is truly a born-again believer. He has challenged me, through this book, to put more action behind my faith. All who read this book should realize one thing: a theologian he is not.