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05/02/02 - Bridgeton, Missouri

MODERATE MISSOURI BAPTISTS SPLIT FROM SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

Dissident Baptists in Missouri are the latest to break away from the Southern Baptist Convention.

About 350 Missouri Baptists say they're forming the Baptist General Convention of Missouri. Baptists in several states who characterize their churches as moderate have formed alternative fellowships -- reacting to the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative theology.

Despite the rifts, the Southern Baptist Convention says it grew even bigger last year. The nation's largest Protestant denomination says it now has more than 16 (m) million members.

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