What’s in a name? A lot, for Southern Baptist Convention

Posted by Kendall Harmon

What's in a name? As Shakespeare has it, a rose by any other name smells the same. But in the case of America's largest Protestant denomination, changing the name could change everything.

A week ago, Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright told his organization's executive committee in Nashville that he had appointed a task force to study a possible name change. Abandoning the 166-year-old identifier, he argued, would help the group thrive both in America and internationally.

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Posted September 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. RMBruton wrote:

Could this cause a schism? Some might continue to identify themselves as Southern Baptists, while others might become the BC/NA (Baptist Church in North America), still others might form any number of Continuing Southern Baptist Conventions. This could be interesting.

September 26, 4:48 pm | [comment link]
2. Ian+ wrote:

Since they’ve got so much going on outside the US, not just the South, the name doesn’t mean what it once did.

September 26, 9:22 pm | [comment link]
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