What have scholars and reviewers been saying about Anatomy of a Schism? Here are a few excerpts.
Review and Expositor
This is not your father’s interpretation of the twentieth-century Southern Baptist schism. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed has produced an original perspective on the split of the Southern Baptist Convention and its consequences by reinterpreting it through the narratives of five ordained Baptist clergywomen.
These oft ignored clergywomen’s voices and ministry narratives thus interpreted reveal ways the Southern Baptist fracture sank deeper in time and social structures than is commonly exposed in most of the literature about it. Showing how ordained clergywomen were shaped by and transformed their Baptist tradition in a time of crisis, Campbell-Reed illuminates larger, mostly unaddressed issues at stake in the denominational strife. She shows how these ministers were agents whose presence forced Baptists on all sides to face a subculture of institutionalized complementarity present long before the schism and remaining embedded on both sides long afterwards, nurturing a problematic dynamic of dominance and submission.
—Wm. Loyd Allen, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Baptist History and Heritage
In this well-researched and beautifully written book, Eileen Campbell-Reed far exceeds reframing and augmenting the Southern Baptist Schism narrative. The SBC Schism is the historical event that evoked women’s experiences and unearth the deeper lived theologies of Baptist on both sides.
The brilliance of this book lies in Campbell-Reed’s ability to provide both critique and hope. Far from a tale of woe, Anatomy of a Schism displays clergywomen resourcefully finding a way to pursue their calling and to act as change agents in the myriad of issues regarding Baptist identity.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in empowering women in ministry.
—Laura Rogers Levens, Assistant Professor of Christian Mission, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Georgetown, Kentucky
…this book reveals the genuine truth about Baptists. It deserves broad readership… Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.
—G. H. Shriver, Georgia Southern University, Retired