This essay examines two questions. First, what is the nature of the Baptist principle “liberty of conscience” or “religious liberty,” and how is the principle meant to be understood in the context of the church’s ongoing mandate to “defend the faith”? Second, how, if at all, has the principle of liberty of conscience impacted on the doctrine of Scripture in the BUSA? Based on the authors’ examination of the data, they conclude that formulating a doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture to defend
relevantly the authority of the same, does not threaten liberty of conscience.