While at lunch I was pondering various theological things (as I usually do–and also finishing up Bauckham’s smaller book on RevJohn theology), and somehow I worked my way around to putting together a couple of topics that I had never put together before.
1.) My home denomination (yes, for every imaginable practical and principle purpose it’s a denomination, though they hate being called that), the Southern Baptist Convention, has been ever-more-seriously debating whether they ought to change their name in order to better reflect their status as (perhaps? what are the recent stats?) the world’s largest Protestant group (and certainly the largest US Protestant group, not to say by far the largest Baptist group). But no one has proposed a new title yet with much support.
2.) I sure wish the SBC would come around to acknowledging at least purgatorial universalism (and ultra-universalism, to be fair to those guys, though naturally I’m more partial to wishing p-u’s inclusion first ) as a debatable option like Arm and Calv variants within the Convention. I know it’s too much to hope for the SBC to become solely Katholic, but if Lewis’ inclusivism can be accepted as at least a respectably debatable option (or theologoumen), it wouldn’t be a far step at all to p-u. Ah well, sigh.
3.) Wait… universalism… universal = katholic… an expression that acknowledges the increasingly successful worldwide efforts of the group… maybe the hope of pulling together all Baptist groups into one evangelical union…
Universal Baptist Convention!!
They wouldn’t even have to acknowledge universalism as a respectable option among Christian brothers. I’d still be in favor of it. (Though partly also due to a bit of rhetorical leverage in appealing to the principles implied by the name change, in favor of the universal ‘eonian’ gospel. )
Out of curiosity I Googled the name–it has already been registered as the name of an incorporation in California, for some reason, but I can’t find any information why.
Universal Baptist Conference seems to still be open (though that sounds more like a one-time gathering over a weekend.)