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The Convention: A Parable

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Organized religion has taken on an increasingly disorganized, fractured appearance in the last few years. The faithful of many traditional denominations have been divided into warring camps. In The Convention, Will Campbell addresses the issues in the form of a parable, the oldest known form of storytelling. And Will Campbell unfolds his plan with vision and humor, evoking ...more
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Peachtree Publishers (first published September 1988)
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James Klagge
Aug 27, 2013 James Klagge rated it liked it
I'll read anything by Will Campbell...but, he's really not a novelist. The characters tend to be somewhat caricatures, and the plot involves some implausible scenes, but the plot does have a surprising twist at the end that is satisfying. The novel is about the question of electing a woman as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1994. (The novel was published in 1988, so it is about a possible future.) But the real issue, for Campbell, is the nature of the church, and the corruption ...more
Leroy Seat
Jul 25, 2010 Leroy Seat rated it really liked it
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This is very much a fictional work about what happened at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in 1994. My enjoyment of it would have been much more had I read it closer to the date of publication, 1988. But, still, I found it a captivating book, which I read more rapidly than most novels.

I don't know how much appeal this book would have to people who are not familiar with the Southern Baptist Convention, but all who know the SBC and especially all of the present and former SBC "moderates" sh
Jan 12, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
A delightful journey of serious whimsy into the mystery of Christian discipleship. It's really not that mysterious. Organized religion has made it so. Take a trip with Dorcas McBride as she leads by example and puts her own "simple" take on the way of Christ in the world. Be prepared to laugh, be moved, and be surprised.
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