Death of James Leo Garrett

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Death of James Leo Garrett

Postby Rvaughn » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:32 am

James Leo Garrett Jr., well-known Southern Baptist teacher and theologian, died Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in Nacogdoches, Texas, at 94 years of age. He will be buried next to his wife in Oakwood Cemetery, in Waco, Texas on Thursday.

Some of his writings include:
  • Are Southern Baptists Evangelicals?
  • Baptist Theology: A Four-Century Study
  • Calvin and the Reformed Tradition
  • Systematic Theology
  • The Legacy of Southwestern
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Re: Death of James Leo Garrett

Postby Sandy » Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:00 pm

He was an excellent professor. Hard to take notes from, he earned the nick-name "gatling-gun Garrett" from students but wow, was he engaging. He was a blessing.
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Re: Death of James Leo Garrett

Postby Rvaughn » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:38 pm

Professor Garrett in his last years resided in the town where I work and was a member of the First Baptist Church there. His wife was a native of the county. I did not know him personally, but people who did thought he was a very nice man, a gentleman and a scholar.

I intended to link his obituary in the first post, but failed to do so.
https://www.baptiststandard.com/news/obituaries/obituary-james-leo-garrett/
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Re: Death of James Leo Garrett

Postby Sandy » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:17 am

Garrett survived the conservative resurgence in spite of having the resume of most of those on the moderate side, along with lots of connections and associations with moderate Baptists. His theology was conservative, but so was everyone else's at Southwestern, including some of those who voluntarily made an exit when they saw what was coming. He was, remarkably, able to remain who he always was and continued teaching the way he always did without damaging his reputation by paying homage to the resurgence's leadership or moving further to the right. I wasn't sure where he ended up, church-wise, but First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches is probably a predictable place. It's a Texas Baptist congregation that never hopped on the CBF bandwagon, but also never leaned in the direction of the SBTC.
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Re: Death of James Leo Garrett

Postby Rvaughn » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:17 am

Garrett's wife was from just down the road in Garrison.
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