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March 11, 1989 | From Religious News Service
The Southern Baptist Alliance has decided to start a seminary in Richmond, Va., in response to the fundamentalism now dominating the Southern Baptist Convention. The alliance, which is a faction of about 43,000 people within the 14.7-million-member denomination, approved the move 462 to 42 at its third national convocation, held at First Baptist Church here. Backers said the seminary will champion women in ministry and will cooperate with other Baptist denominations.
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June 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Southern Baptist Convention quit a global federation of Baptist denominations Tuesday as its leaders denounced the Baptist World Alliance and other groups for accepting liberal theology. At a meeting that affirmed the Southern Baptists' conservative values 25 years after its rightward shift began, more than 8,000 people also cheered as President Bush -- speaking through a live video link -- stressed his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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June 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Southern Baptist Convention quit a global federation of Baptist denominations Tuesday as its leaders denounced the Baptist World Alliance and other groups for accepting liberal theology. At a meeting that affirmed the Southern Baptists' conservative values 25 years after its rightward shift began, more than 8,000 people also cheered as President Bush -- speaking through a live video link -- stressed his support for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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March 11, 1989 | From Religious News Service
The Southern Baptist Alliance has decided to start a seminary in Richmond, Va., in response to the fundamentalism now dominating the Southern Baptist Convention. The alliance, which is a faction of about 43,000 people within the 14.7-million-member denomination, approved the move 462 to 42 at its third national convocation, held at First Baptist Church here. Backers said the seminary will champion women in ministry and will cooperate with other Baptist denominations.
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August 20, 1988 | From Times wire service reports
The leader of a breakaway congregation in Biloxi, Miss., said his group is the first of what will be a growing split between moderate and fundamentalist Southern Baptists. "We have taken the first step," said the Rev. Bill Jenkins, who resigned last month as pastor of Bay Vista Baptist Church and met with about a dozen families for services last week. "We are the first church aligned with the Southern Baptist Alliance that is not a part of the Southern Baptist Convention."
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February 14, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A group of Southern Baptist moderates have announced formation of an organization to challenge fundamentalist control of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Henry Crouch, president of the new Southern Baptist Alliance, which will be based in Charlotte, said the group was formed as an alternative to the narrow views of the current leadership. Crouch said the new organization is not intended to be political.
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June 23, 1990 | From Times wire services
In the wake of their latest defeats at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention last week, moderates in the 14.9-million-member denomination are trying to organize a national strategy session to plan for their future. The Rev.
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February 12, 1987 | United Press International
Southern Baptist moderates announced today formation of a splinter group to challenge fundamentalist control of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Henry Crouch, president of the new Southern Baptist Alliance, which will be based in Charlotte, said the group was formed as an alternative to the narrow views of the current leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. "All of us are painfully aware of the stress and changes within the Southern Baptist Convention," he said.
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September 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Restraint tempered desperate words at a strategy session of Southern Baptist moderates about "where we go" in a denomination now run by fundamentalists. "We are Baptists in a denomination that has stopped being Baptist," said Kirby Godsey, president of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. The 900 moderate leaders of the coalition, the Southern Baptist Alliance, made no move at their meeting in Nashville, Tenn., last weekend to quit the 14.
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February 2, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Herb Hollinger, editor of a weekly newspaper for California Southern Baptists, has been chosen to head the denomination's national news service, which was embroiled in a dispute over editorial freedom last summer. Hollinger, 50, of Fresno, was the unanimous choice of the officers of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee to fill a position that has been vacant since the Rev. Al Shackleford was fired by the Executive Committee along with Baptist Press News Editor Dan Martin.
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July 25, 1987 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
Historians, sociologists and other scholars are pondering what is likely to happen to the huge Southern Baptist Convention now that it has turned to the right as a result of tightened doctrinal prescriptions. The denomination may split or fragment if the stricter definitions of belief are heavily applied, some said. But others strongly doubted it, predicting a time of waiting and gradual lessening of strains. At the moment, some observers said, a calm of sorts has descended over the largest U.S.
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May 9, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Now that moderates have lost their drawn-out fight with fundamentalists for control of the Southern Baptist Convention, the biggest question facing the nation's largest denomination is whether a substantial separatist movement is afoot. Will moderates calling themselves the Baptist Fellowship be content to remain a dissenting body within the 15-million-member denomination or decide to break away?
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