Three decades ago, when R. Albert Mohler Jr. enrolled as a student at Southern Seminary, his professors openly contradicted the institution's confession of faith. Written by Basil Manly Jr. in 1858 as the document on which Southern Seminary would be established, the Abstract of Principles sets forth 20 articles of faith that every professor is required to affirm and teach. When Mohler assumed the presidency in 1993, he set out to restore the confessional integrity of Southern Seminary. In Confessing the Faith: The Living Legacy of Southern Seminary's Abstract of Principles, 20 of the seminary's faculty contribute chapters defending and applying the truths of each article of faith. Mohler writes in the introduction that the book is evidence ";the theological recovery for which we had longed, prayed, and worked has come to pass."
- Confessing the Faith