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Henlee Barnette

We assume Christians will always make choices appropriate to a life lived following Christ. However, without education in Christian ethics, many congregants form decisions based on their political ideologies, not biblical theology. […] Read More

Doing some cleaning and rearranging at our house, I came across a paper I wrote when I was in college. OK, I haven’t saved all the papers I wrote in college or seminary, but this is a very special paper to me. In 1965, I was a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, a […] Read More

Editor’s Note: The Baptist Center for Ethics’ 15th anniversary luncheon, June 22 in Atlanta, honors the legacies of T.B. Maston and Henlee Barnette. Today Jim Holladay, a former student and friend, profiles Barnette. The first time I saw Henlee Barnette, I wondered, “Who is this strange man who wears his watch on the outside of […] Read More

We are blessed with a rich heritage, a heritage that some need to reclaim, a heritage about which a new generation needs to know. A good slice of our heritage comes from Henlee Barnette, whom we honor as part of BCE’s luncheon next month at the annual meeting of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. –The 15th […] Read More

When moderate Southern Baptists ran the Southern Baptist Convention, they kept great public distance from the National Council of the Churches USA. Contact was almost always under the cloak of darkness Moderate Baptists have tilted. At least now we say the “e word,” ecumenism. Significant caution still accompanies our slight shift, however. Given the cautiousness […] Read More

The Baptist Center for Ethics will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a June 22 luncheon honoring ethics pioneers Henlee Barnette and T.B. Maston, held in conjunction with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Atlanta. Keynote speaker for the event, being held at the Georgia World Congress Center, is Bob Edgar, general secretary of the […] Read More

Henlee Barnette was one of the most influential of Southern Baptist’s Christian ethicists of the 20th century in his work as college and seminary professor, author of substantive works in the field, activist in a variety of ethical causes and human being whose very life became a testimony of his faith. In this autobiography completed […] Read More

A Legacy

Henlee Barnette’s death at 93 silences one of the last great voices of a generation of Baptist ethicists in the South. They made Christian ethics a discipline both for Baptist seminarians and educators and for the churches their students would serve. As much as any of his generation, Henlee embodied the journey from personal salvation […] Read More

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Colleagues, students, family and friends remembered Baptist ethics pioneer Henlee Barnette as an “unashamed Baptist radical” at a funeral service in Louisville, Ky. Barnette, 93, died last week. He taught Christian ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1951 to 1977 and wrote several books, but he was better known for controversial stands for […] Read More

Funeral services for Baptist ethics pioneer Henlee Barnette are scheduled Monday in Louisville, Ky. Barnette, 93, died Wednesday at his home in Louisville. Born Aug. 14, 1911, in Taylorsville, N.C., Barnette’s ministry as a Baptist ethicist, author, professor and preacher spanned seven decades. He graduated from Wake Forest College and received a Ph.D. from Southern […] Read More