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Story of Woman's Black Eyes Roils Southern Baptists - Page 2

They're calling for the ouster of seminary president Paige Patterson
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2018 12:02 PM CDT

  • NPR reports a 2014 sermon is also causing grief. In it, he told of speaking to a woman, her son, and his friend. A teen girl walked by the group, and one of the boys commented on how "built" she was, to the mother's reprimands. "I said, 'Ma'am, leave him alone,'" Patterson recalled. "'He's just being biblical. That is exactly what the Bible says'"—that women are "beautifully and artistically" created by God.
  • NPR gets at the heart of the controversy: "How Southern Baptists should interpret their commitment to 'complementarianism,' a doctrine which holds that the Bible assigns different but complementary roles to men and women" ... [and] that women should follow biblical directions to 'submit' to their husbands."
  • The remarks spurred Liberty University English professor Karen Swallow Prior to join with about 30 other women to pen a letter to the seminary's board of trustees requesting Patterson be removed. In the first 24 hours after it was written, 2,100 Southern Baptist women added their names to it, per NPR.
  • Christianity Today notes this tweet from Prior: "This is the most heartbreaking letter I’ve ever signed. I’ve been Baptist most of my life, Southern Baptist for almost two decades. I made this appeal privately but was not heard."

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