July 05, 2006

A New Page for the SBC? 1.1

Time.com has a very interesting little piece on the role Southern Baptist bloggers played in the election of new Convention president Frank Page. Read it at TIME.com: The Bloggers' Favorite Southern Baptist. I especially liked this part:
Even the most liberal of the young blogging Turks, of course, are probably a good deal more conservative than the thousands of moderate Baptists who were pushed out of the SBC over the last few decades. But it is a landmark of sorts. After all, nobody came out of last year's papal conclave saying that bloggers had helped the Holy Spirit choose a new Pope.
(Note to writer David Van Biema: I applaud you, sir! It's about time someone reporting on religion in the mainstream media started showing a little sense of humor, even if it's the kind only the religion geeks in the audience really get. Please, by all means, keep it up. As someone has said, religion without irreverence can quickly become insufferable.)

On the meta- level, I discovered this article because someone found my blog via a tool called Sphere. Time.com uses it to allow readers to explore what bloggers are saying about their stories.

Clicking on the Sphere It! button takes you to a page of links to relevant blogs, organized by relevance. I'm not sure exactly how well their ranking system works, though, given that the post that Sphere linked to on my blog had nothing to do with the influence of blogging on Page's election. I like the fact that Time.com is using Sphere; what I can't quite figure out is why they're using it. What do they get out of the deal?

Related: A New Page for the SBC? June 28, 2006


At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said before, The new direction for the SBC is Young, Conservative, and Cool (slang) and Pro-Life.
SBC follows the "via media" or "middle way" between Calvinism and Arminianism. Now that's sweet and cool. :)
Thanks CU

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At 10:00 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Thanks for the comments!

The point I was trying to make with the earlier post was that the "new" direction that you and Ken Walker (the writer of the article I linked to at CT) posit doesn't really represent anything new for the SBC. For most of its recent history, the Convention has been theologically conservative and pro-life, and Calvinists and Arminians have both found a place at the SBC table.

What is new, from my perspective, is what I described as the "populist shift" that is bearing fruit in such diverse developments as Dr. Page's election to office and the Memphis Declaration.

Unrelated questions: Can you quantify in what way the SBC is becoming "cool," and did you feel this is a positive or negative development?


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