Walter B. Shurden was Professor of Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The service begins with a Scripture reading and a word of prayer (00:00-01:12). Walter B. Shurden is introduced as the Carver-Barnes Lecturer (01:13-02:01). Shurden’s lecture is entitled “The Estrangement Debate,” and he gives an overview and historical context of four Southern Baptists controversies: the fundamentalist controversy, the Elliot controversy, the Broadman controversy, and the Inherency controversy (02:02-18:39). He turns to the issues surrounding the four controversies, and he believes that the debate surrounds the interpretation of the Bible, not the importance of the Bible (18:40-27:23). Shurden then speaks on the issue of methods used in the four controversies, and he believes those who are leading the inherency debate are going for the minds of people and the machinery of the convention (27:24-40:03). Shurden concludes his lecture by commenting on the consequences of the four controversies, and he believes that polarizations will affect the convention because of the inherency debate (40:04-44:30). The service ends with a benediction (44:31-45:04).