The Associated Baptist Press reports that Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary adopted a policy statement October 21, 2009, that asserts that men and women are equal before God but created for specific roles of either headship (authority) or submission in both the home and in the church.
Paige Patterson, the president of Southwestern, was among those who drafted the Danvers Statement in 1987. He will use the new policy to serve as a guide in both the hiring and evaluation processes according to the ABP report. His wife Dorothy is a professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern which offers a bachelor’s degree with focus on homemaking. Southwestern has made a complete dive into the female submission program by showing the difference between male and female Biblical studies. The B.A. in humanities revolves around 20% of the instruction hours in homemaking with a fully equipped teaching kitchen, clothing and textiles lab, formal dining room and parlor along with Bible teaching in the classrooms. Will there be a male version of the B.A. in humanities? There has not been any announcement yet of hunting classes for the men but since Patterson is an avid hunter, we expect that announcement will come sooner than later to help teach young males true “male headship”.
The Associated Baptist Press also reports that the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has offices on the campus of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Perhaps CBMW can help Southwestern draft a brand new Christian Talmud that can help answer all the black, white and grey areas about what Christian women can and cannot do in the presence of men. It is not certain whether Southwestern has forbidden men from attending Dorothy Patterson’s cooking classes, but if they did attend would Mrs. Patterson be in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12-14 or would it be the men who would be charged with sin? After all the passage doesn’t specifically mention “Bible teaching” but merely “teaching”.
The Danvers statement affirms “distinctions in masculine and feminine roles” as ordained by God as part of the created order and not as a result of sin. No one yet has been able to answer the question about whether Eve’s “role” was in ruling over the female animals, while Adam got all the manly ones. Or perhaps there was a male section of the garden and a female section. Rumor is that although Adam and Eve didn’t wear any clothes, that Eve at least wore a hat mandated by God to show her in-the-beginning-creation-ordained “role” of submission.
Mrs. Patterson is very happy to show her “role” by her stylish hats. If only Sheri Klouda would have worn her creation-ordained hat, perhaps she could have kept her job as an Old Testament professor at Southwestern. Sheri had been hired by Paige Patterson’s predecessor in 2002 and then relieved of her duties when Paige found out that Sheri was a woman. Apparently teaching Hebrew to men is not allowed by 1 Timothy 2:12-14. Rumor has it that Patterson was not willing to offer Sheri a job in the cooking department because it would have made the seminary look bad to have a Hebrew speaking cook on staff.