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Susan M. Shaw

Susan M. Shaw is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Susan M. Shaw

The history of Southern Baptists shows they have not always opposed abortion

By Susan M. Shaw — June 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar writes about how the Southern Baptist Convention’s views on abortion changed during the 1980s, when a more conservative wing seized control of the denomination.

Here’s how Southern Baptist women found ways to lead outside the denomination

By Susan M. Shaw — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Many Southern Baptist women who left the denomination took leadership roles in other churches, educational institutions and organizations.

Infighting in the Southern Baptist Convention shouldn’t be a surprise – the denomination has been defined by such squabbles for 400 years

By Susan M. Shaw — July 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — Baptists believe that each person can have a personal relationship with God. This theology, a scholar writes, has also contributed to disagreements within the denomination since the 17th century.

How women in the Southern Baptist Convention have fought for decades to be ordained

By Susan M. Shaw — June 3, 2021
(The Conversation) — Southern Baptists are calling for an investigation into the ordination of three women. A scholar explains why this continues to be a fraught issue, even though 2,500 women have been ordained to date.
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