"Sadly, many times our efforts to define our values lead to misunderstanding and even negativity. Here at Biblical Woman, we’ve encountered these misunderstandings about what we believe about women and what we teach at Southwestern Seminary. And we decided to do something about it."
It appears that the women's programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) have been misunderstood by the general public. Perhaps the homemaking degree introduced in recent years has contributed to what seminary officials believe to be misconceptions. That's just a hunch…
Candi Finch, an Assistant Professor of Theology in Women's Studies, wrote an article entitled Biblical Womanhood 101: What We Really Teach at Southwestern to set the record straight. Here is an excerpt:
So, to start off, let me share a few things we don’t teach in our programs (based on a few things people have erroneously said):
– We don’t teach that women are less valuable, less intelligent, or less important in God’s plan…
– We don’t teach that women should not be involved in ministry, though we do believe there are some passages in Scripture that give specific guidelines to women involved in ministry.
– We don’t teach that women should not be thoroughly trained and equipped for ministry. We encourage women to study hard to be prepared for whatever area of ministry God may be calling them…
– We don’t teach that the only way to honor God as a woman is by being a wife and mom, though we do believe that being a wife and a mother is a high calling, which unfortunately is often ridiculed in today’s world…
Another post on the BW website defines Who We Are. It goes on to state that the women who are studying at Southwestern are:
At Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, we are training women to be just that!
In recent days the BW website featured the Biblical Woman Statement, which lists 12 aspects of biblical womanhood, and on April 1 it featured a post by First Lady of Southwestern 'Dottie' Patterson. She plans to write an article periodically to be featured on the website.
Perhaps you will want to spend some time perusing Southwestern's BW website. Should you decide to comment, the Biblical Women™ request that you 'keep it classy'.
Bob Allen of the Associated Baptist Press recently reported on developments in Southwestern's Biblical Women™ program. In his piece he shared the following information:
Southwestern, a Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated seminary, boasts “the largest women’s programs faculty of any evangelical seminary.” It offers courses of study ranging from certificate to the Ph.D. specializing in women’s studies, women’s ministries and, since 2007, homemaking.
Here at TWW we have been so busy covering pressing news in Christendom that we failed to mention an SWBTS conference held last fall that caught our attention. It was called The Art of Homemaking, and it plugged a Crossway book entitled The Christian Homemakers Handbook, co-authored by Dorothy Patterson. "Dottie" Patterson and Michelle Duggar were two of the speakers at that event.
It will be interesting to follow the social media of the Biblical Women™ of Southwestern to see how their positions and viewpoints are being received by both Christians and non-Christians. Should you decide to leave a comment on their website, Facebook account, or Twitter, we respectfully request that you do so tactfully.
So what do you think about this 'social media' campaign to improve the image of the women's programs at Southwestern Seminary?
In closing, one of our readers shared a funny video earlier this week, and although it is satirical, there do appear to be some elements of truth…
Lydia's Corner: Lamentations 4:1-5:22 Hebrews 2:1-18 Psalm 103:1-22 Proverbs 26:23