The two societies merged in 1909, shortly after formation of the Northern Baptist Convention
The new Northern Baptist Convention
(now American Baptists) opposed slavery while the Southern Baptists supported it under the familiar "states rights" catchphrase for retaining bigotry.
But what about the religious world, like the American Baptist Convention (ABC) also known as the Northern Baptist Convention
(Valley Forge) which has a member one and a half million that had sent Dr Adonram Judson to evangelise the people of Burma not to mention the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) the world's largest Baptist denomination and the largest Protestant body in the United States, with nearly 16 million plus members.
According to Crook, Meredith was certain slavery "was a problem for the southerners to solve, and that the meddling of northerners, who had no concern in the matter, only aggravated the whole situation." (20) Meredith also understood the creation of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845 as a split between slaveholders and abolitionists--a drastic misrepresentation of the Northern Baptist Convention
, which saw the abolitionist faction leave in 1844.
In the early twentieth century, as fundamentalists and modernists squared off in the Northern Baptist Convention
, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and the Disciples of Christ denominations, there ensued an ecclesiological crisis, which was a contest to define what it meant to be a good Baptist, Presbyterian, or Disciple.
Townsley, originally of Massachusetts, receives much-deserved recognition as the first known ordained woman in Northern Baptist Convention
life in 1885.
In addition to Burroughs, Helen Barrett Montgomery played a significant role in Baptist life by serving as the president of the Northern Baptist Convention
(not just the convention's women's organization) from 1921 to 1922.
Following their defeat at the Northern Baptist Convention
in 1922, fundamentalist members formed the Baptist Bible Union.
(5) In 1907 the North Dakota Baptists noted their approval of the newly formed Northern Baptist Convention
and threw their support behind the new endeavor.
At the Northern Baptist Convention
meeting at Chicago in May 1910, Rauschenbusch spoke on "The Freedom of Spiritual Religion." He warned the audience against reducing Baptist life to laws and rules.
The American Baptist Churches, USA, the former Northern Baptist Convention
, practically the only Baptist body without a standard confession, incorporates a far broader theological spectrum than other bodies and is far more ecumenical toward other Christians.
In West Virginia nearly all the Baptists belonged to churches affiliated with the Northern Baptist Convention
. There were 50,149 such congregants, with a mere 1,672 belonging to Southern Baptist Convention churches.