BWA General Secretary Callam has argued that, globally, there is no single paradigm for Baptist response to secularism as an ideology. He suggests that Baptist approaches exist along a four-point trajectory.

He was speaking at the seventh congress of the IRLA, which was held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, April 24-27, 2012.

Callam identified as a most promising suggestion the paradigm which proposes that communities develop a consensus on minimum requirements for a “free for all responsible society.” This paradigm, developed by Burchell Taylor, a Caribbean theologian, affirms the need for a minimalistic socially negotiated social vision shared by all and held without the ascription of absoluteness. This vision does not negate the retention of contending worldviews that are affirmed at the personal, though not private, level. Callam argued that this paradigm offers the most compelling response to soft secularism.

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