Over in the Bible Versions forum, Rippon felt I should not include John R. Rice with Machen, Gaussen and Turretin as influential in the area of verbal-plenary inspiration. This led me to think that it might be profitable to start a thread about his influence in the SBC, which as is well known has had a return to an inerrant position. First of all, it is widely recognized by historians that JRR had a wide influence in the independent Baptist movement, but was a moderate in that movement. (Remember that over the years there has been a lot of interaction between IFBs and the SBC, especially among moderate IFBs like JRR. I myself have preached in SBC churches.) SBC historian H. Leon MacBeth wrote: “Another independent Baptist who helped form the Southwide Baptist Fellowship was John R. Rice. A former Southern Baptist and colleague of J. Frank Norris, Rice founded the Sword of the Lord in Dallas in 1934. Before his death, Rice built it into the most widely circulated fundamentalist paper in America. Through the Sword and various Bible conferences, Rice exerted vast influence and enlisted the aid of a circle of churches, though no new denominational structure resulted. Rice cooperated with most Fundamentalists but joined none. More than half of Rice’s conferences were under the auspices of the Baptist Bible Fellowship, and Jerry Falwell, according to one report, worked closely with Rice in the 1970s.” The Baptist Heritage, by H. Leon McBeth (Nahiville: Broadman Press, 1987), p. 767. Secondly, JRR had a wide influence in the SBC, and thus in the conservative resurgence. As a sign of his influence in the SBC, note that there have been at least three doctoral dissertations done by SBC scholars concerning John R. Rice: Bates, David Keith Jr. “Moving Fundamentalism Toward the Mainstream: John R. Rice and the Reengagement of America’s Religious and Political Cultures.” Kansas State University, Ph. D. dissertation, 2006. Finn, Nathan A. “The Development of Baptist Fundamentalism in the South.” Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph. D. dissertation, 2007. Moore, Howard Edgar. “The Emergence of Moderate Fundamentalism: John R. Rice and the Sword of the Lord.” George Washington University, Ph. D. dissertation, 1990. I've read the Finn dissertation, which is available in the SEBTS library, but don't have it so I can't quote from it. But Finn makes a good case for Rice influence not only among independent Baptists but in the SBC. I don't have Moore's dissertation, but have read some of it since he gave a copy to each of JRR's daughters, my mother included. Bates shared a file of his dissertation with my brother for his book on fundamentalism, so I've read some of that and am able to share some information.