The Baptist war on contraception

Is the new head of Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission anti-birth control?

This week, the Christian right observes a leadership change in one of its most important institutions.

Last year, Richard Land announced his retirement as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Land’s successor is Russell Moore, formerly dean of theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Moore’s inauguration is a generational changing of the guard – a fresh face with a winsome tone replacing an aging partisan known for inartful statements.