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Southern Baptists’ Nuanced Divides on Display at Annual Meeting

Posted on AllSides June 12th, 2024
From The Center
Religion and Faith, Christian, Baptists
Image: Sonya Singh / Baptist Press

In the weeks before the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting, newly elected president Clint Pressley finished reading Malcom Gladwell’s book on precision bombing in World War II, Erik Larson’s bestseller set in the lead-up to the Civil War, and a history of a 19th-century mutiny on a Royal Navy vessel.

A few years ago, these stories could have been a metaphor for the convention. Back then, an even more conservative wing had emerged with literal pirate flags and a rallying cry of “take the ship,” and the previous few presidential races pitted a...

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