Two ETS members submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer an eleven point proposal to amend the ETS doctrinal basis. As the ETS Constitution requires, the Executive Committee reviewed the proposed amendment. The Executive Committee's unanimous decision was to recommend postponing this proposal until such a time as the Society would decide that it wanted to change from a doctrinal basis to what it considers the proposal to be--a statement of faith. The Executive Committee's judgment was:
"The Evangelical Theological Society from its founding in 1949 to the present has chosen to work from a doctrinal basis rather than from a doctrinal statement or confession of faith. The Executive Committee considers any changes to be departure from this original intent of the Society. Therefore, before the question of creating a doctrinal statement should be considered, the membership should have ample opportunity to discuss the basic issue: 'Should the ETS replace its doctrinal basis with a statement of faith?' Consequently, we propose a special session at the ETS 2008 Annual Meeting to discuss and consider this prior issue."
However, the proponents of the amendment determined not to delay, and the proposal was entered into the record to be voted upon at the 60th Annual Meeting in Providence, RI. A change in the Society's doctrinal basis requires an 80% majority vote. The proposal would change the doctrinal basis into the following eleven points.
ARTICLE III. Doctrinal Basis
Again, the ETS Executive Committee opposes this preemptive change. We suggest that discussion by the Society as a whole should precede such a proposal (1) to determine if the Society wants to move away from its historic use of a doctrinal basis to a formal confession of faith, and if so, then (2) to deliberate on what points would be appropriate to include. Nevertheless, this proposal will be voted either up or down at the ETS 60th Annual Meeting in November, 2008.
James A. Borland