Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Seminary Homework: Housework

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has opened up a new course of study in homemaking for female seminar students, raising ire from various camps, according to AP reports.

“We are moving against the tide in order to establish family and gender roles as described in God’s word for the home and the family,” Seminary President Paige Patterson says. “If we do not do something to salvage the future of the home, both our denomination and our nation will be destroyed.”

Some have criticized this “move against the tide,” calling it anachronistic. “It’s yet another example of the ridiculous and silly degree to which some Southern Baptists, Southwestern in particular, are trying to return to what they perceive to be biblical gender roles,” says Rev. Benjamin Cole, pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.

It’s worth noting that the Seminary is in the middle of a lawsuit concerning the termination of professor Sheri Klouda, the only woman to teach at the seminary until recently. The only female teaching at the school now is Dorthy Patterson, the president’s wife.

Defining gender roles may make sense for some religions. But there’s a fine line between “defining” and “limiting” that can be difficult for some people to walk.

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