The reason for this question is because of something I read at www.yellowstone.net/baptist/history.htm concerning the Southern Baptist Convention Controversy. <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Finally, the 1980s and 1990s have witnessed a new fundamentalist controversy (also often referred to as a "political" and "biblical" controversy) within the largest Baptist denomination which has altered the course of Southern Baptist history. The minority fundamentalists, now firmly in charge of the national Southern Baptist Convention, have changed the direction and nature of the Convention, resulting in the first statistical decline of the denomination in some 75 years. They have sought to re-fashion Baptist history to validate their theology and their insurgency, and as a result have caused much confusion about Baptist history among Baptist laity...(emphasis mine, rlv)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>I wonder if anyone has insight into this? any source of statistics to prove this? The main thing I wonder is this - has the percentage rate of growth declined or has the overall number declined because of those who have withdrawn from the Convention (e.g., churches that have aligned themselves with the Alliance of Baptists or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship)?