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

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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2 comments on “What's in a name? A lot, for Southern Baptist Convention

  1. RMBruton says:

    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.

  2. Ian+ says:

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