Jimmy Carter’s old news

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By writing about his decade-old departure from the Southern Baptist Convention in an Australian paper, Jimmy Carter has caught the attention of people who may have missed the news the first time. What’s a little curious is that, the first time around, Carter gave as his reason his sense that the SBC’s ”increasingly rigid” doctrines violated the ”basic premises of my Christian faith.” This time, he attributes his departure to the SBC’s opposition to the ordination of women. Before Carter left in 2000, the SBC did reiterate its opposition to women as pastors, but that was hardly a new thing. Perhaps time has sharpened his commitment to gender equality in church.