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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 8:55 AM

MJ. Smith:

Another interesting puzzle. (Yes, I'm going through in great details seeing if I'd be willing to help with the updates.)

Under "Anglican" is the Church of South India. From Wikipedia:

"The Church of South India (CSI) is the successor of the Church of England in India after Indian Independence. It came into being by a union of Anglican and Protestant churches in South India. It combined the South India United Church (union of the Congregationalists and the Presbyterians); the then 14 Anglican Dioceses of South India and one in Sri Lanka; and the South Indian District of the Methodist church With a membership of over four million, it is India's second largest Christian church after the Catholic Church in India. CSI is one of four united churches in the Anglican Communion."

Do United Churches need their own category as they represent a theological mix rather than belonging to any single thread?

Thanks for the attention to detail, MJ.  I'm running out of time and will answer your other questions later.

My understanding (having spoken to a leader within the CSI) is that it is now Anglican, so that's how it has been labelled.  The label Uniting has been in use on the Colleges and Universities worksheet for some time.  It applies to churches that have united but have not joined the Anglican Communion.

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 9:28 AM

Welcome back Andrew!

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 11:44 AM

Don Awalt:

Welcome back Andrew!

Thanks, Don!

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 11:47 AM

You may want to add "Do the collections automatically update" to your faq :)

Welcome back brother.

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 12:11 PM

MJ. Smith:

The structure of the Congregational entries confuses me.

In the case of the Evangelical Free Church of America, if I recall correctly the EFCA merged with the Congregational Church. In the case of the United Church of Christ, the Congregational Church merged into the UCC. The two entries have opposite relationships. However, there is a larger question - what relationship is being shown by the denominational stream - history of theology or church ecumenical history?

There's no doubt it gets messy at times with merges and splits.  The relationship generally represents ecumenical history, but if a church has moved away from its roots, then it may be better represented in a different way.  I accept its a little subjective in places, which is one reason I invite feedback, In the case of the UCC, it seems that Congregational best defines them.  Although Evangelical churches merged into the UCC, it may be best described as Mainline now.  Its denominational stream could be Reformed, but Congregational seems a better fit.

Regarding the EFCA, I'm not sure it merged with the Congregational Church.  This doesn't seem to be represented on its website (http://www.efca.org/explore/who-we-are).  They seem to be happy with the Evangelical label, and that seems to best represent them as a church.  When I first started this, polity seemed to be more important, so I would have labelled EFCA Congregational.  Now Evangelical seems a better fit.  I'd especially welcome feedback from someone within the EFCA.

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 12:24 PM

MJ. Smith:

What is the thinking for making Arminianism a denomination rather than a theological stance? And if a person gives a parachurch as their denomination, is it really a parachurch anymore?

That may be the result of a glitch in the code at the time you wrote.  I made a change to the data, which affected how the code ran and it temporarily showed Theologies as Denominations in some cases.  Only Grotius and Arminius are currently labelled under Arminian.  This seemed to be what best defined them at the time, but I'm open to other suggestions.

Regarding parachurches, this label only applies to the Christian and Missionary Alliance, which grew into a denomination but was originally a parachurch organisation.  When I first labelled it, I was focusing on its early history.  Maybe I should change it to Evangelical, which probably better represents where it sits as a denomination today.

More generally, I'm aware a review of the categories is overdue.  They morphed quite a bit when the project first began.  I think most of them are right, but a few could still be tweaked.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 10 2014 2:13 PM

C&MA is in it self a denomination - though I don't think they would mind being lumped in with others under evangelical. I attended a C&MA 4 year school that proudly declared themselves non-denominational and evangelical. Most of my professors bore out this interdenominationalism in that I had Southern Baptist (not SBC convention is something we do once a year ;) ), Presbyterian, C&MA, a Mennonite and a oneness pentecostal math teacher (they wouldn't let her teach theology which burned her biscuits). 

They are Arminian in their theology; and likely could be left as simply C&MA (as opposed to parachurch). I have maybe 20 or 30 titles I think?

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 1 2014 11:51 AM

All of the groups at https://faithlife.com/logos-library-theology-denomination-tags/documents have just been updated.  This reflects the changes in the spreadsheet: 7853.Denominations and Theology 01 July 2014.zip

It includes 1686 new authors.  651 more authors have been categorised and 1334 countries, 612 Years of Birth and 1372 Years of Death have been added, all of which is now recorded on the Notes worksheet.

The Christian and Missionary Alliance is now Evangelical, rather than Parachurch.

The reference guide is here: 5367.Theology and Denomination Tag Reference.doc

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 1 2014 11:58 AM

abondservant:

You may want to add "Do the collections automatically update" to your faq :)

Welcome back brother.

Thanks for the suggestion.  If I'm honest, I've never been overly sure about the updates.  When I look at https://faithlife.com/logos-library-theology-denomination-tags/documents after making changes in Logos, it says that the document was changed x minutes ago, but when I look under Manage Your Documents, it says that my groups do not have the latest update, so I then click publish update on each one (which is tedious for this many collections).  I assume that they then update automatically for everyone, but I didn't want to document it without checking.  Does it definitely update automatically?  Do I really have to click on each one, then click publish update?  When I know the answers, I'll add it to the reference guide.

A belated thanks for the "Welcome Back".  Smile

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 1 2014 12:23 PM

What a labor of love! Thanks so much Andrew.

From my perspective as long as you update your copy of the document the changes are automatically applied to each collection.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 1 2014 8:47 PM

Not to nit pick but the southern baptist denomination is simply: Southern Baptist. Convention is an activity our denomination participates in, so it would be like calling catholics "catholic massers" or something like that.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 2 2014 5:39 AM

Also - adding "Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary","Golden Gate Baptist","Midwestern Baptist" to both the baptist, and southern baptist collections picked up an additional twenty titles. I happened to notice only three of the six southern baptist seminaries were listed and thought it may be good to include them all.

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 4 2014 5:54 AM

Bruce Dunning:

What a labor of love! Thanks so much Andrew.

From my perspective as long as you update your copy of the document the changes are automatically applied to each collection.

Thanks for the encouragement, Bruce, and for the feedback regarding making changes.  

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 4 2014 6:20 AM

Words, words, words...  I know you're not nit-picking and that denomination is a word that many will deny even in "the word's most general meaning" (though the SBC website does accept this definition: http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/acloserlook.asp).  One problem is that there is no widely accepted word for trying to describe a church group/organization/body...  

When I started, I was often using the Wikipedia definitions.  If I type "Southern Baptist" into Google then the Wikipedia entry comes up in summary form on the right of my screen saying "The Southern Baptist Convention is a United States-based Christian denomination."  I don't use the word Convention for the search.  In the spreadsheet, the category is generally an adjective (e.g. Lutheran, Pre-Reformation, Anglican) and the subcategory is the more specific body (e.g. Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, United Methodist Church, Anglican Church of Australia).  However, this is not a hard and fast rule and should probably be tidied up at some stage.  For example, to keep subcategories short, the word Church is often omitted (e.g. Seventh-day Adventist).  To me, Southern Baptist is the adjective, Southern Baptist Convention is the body.  To keep it short, "Southern Baptist" could be used, as it is suitably unambiguous.  I may yet change it at some point when I tidy the category and subcategory lists.  I'll try to change a number at the same time though to prevent constant change.

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Andrew Baguley | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 4 2014 6:24 AM

abondservant:

Also - adding "Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary","Golden Gate Baptist","Midwestern Baptist" to both the baptist, and southern baptist collections picked up an additional twenty titles. I happened to notice only three of the six southern baptist seminaries were listed and thought it may be good to include them all.

Thanks for the feedback.  Out of interest, which resources are brought up by Author:("Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary","Golden Gate Baptist","Midwestern Baptist")?  The Logos website doesn't seem to suggest any resources where these are the authors.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 4 2014 9:08 PM

abondservant:
Southern Baptist (not SBC convention is something we do once a year ;) )

abondservant:

Not to nit pick but the southern baptist denomination is simply: Southern Baptist. Convention is an activity our denomination participates in, so it would be like calling catholics "catholic massers" or something like that.

Southern Baptist Convention (aka SBC) is the official name of the denomination, as their website (sbc.net) confirms:

As Andrew later points out, Convention isn't strictly necessary to identify it, since Southern Baptist is suitably unique.

Another word sometimes used for a denomination is a conference. Even though conference can also mean an event (like convention can) it too also means a grouping of like-minded churches, as in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC), of which the church I grew up in was a member.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 5 2014 6:39 AM

i added them where the other schools are listed - under publisher if I remember right. I think the have been journal articles? As to the name - I've never heard it referred to with "convention" on the end other than as initials. Internally I've only heard it called southern baptist. In either case I can respond with more detail when I leave here and head back to civilization

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 5 2014 6:02 PM

abondservant:
Internally I've only heard it called southern baptist.

That's true, but the official name is still Southern Baptist Convention. Most of us shorten that to Southern Baptist or simply SBC.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 6 2014 1:44 PM

Oddly enough if you click on the image in my last post it shows it right side up, but the forum software displays it sideways. Weird.

Any way, I'll defer to Jack et al on this, if you want to keep calling us Southern Baptist Convention I'll not complain.

As to the seminaries, they were definitely added under publisher. I added "ANDNOT Edition:User" to eliminate the possibility of the change picking up personal books, same number of books added with or without PB's included (and later deleted that to keep my rules inline with those of the spread sheet).

Finally I am happy to report that other than Perseus I am down to 368 titles that are not yet in the spreadsheet.

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 7 2014 3:18 AM

abondservant:
Any way, I'll defer to Jack et al on this, if you want to keep calling us Southern Baptist Convention I'll not complain.

Interestingly enough, just yesterday my Pastor mentioned one of his professors saying that the Southern Baptist Convention only existed for two days a year. So your original interpretation is also held by others, even though the official web page reflects the full name. The North American Mission Board's mission statement begins, "The estimated 46,000 autonomous churches that cooperate together with the Southern Baptist Convention pool their resources to support the work of the North American Mission Board." With that many Baptists, we are certain to find multiple opinions. Big Smile

After all, as the old proverb states, "Assemble 6 Baptists for a business meeting, and you are guaranteed to have at least 9 different opinions." Wink

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