Right on the heels of this year’s Sheri Klouda debacle at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary comes yet another example of president Paige Patterson's move to 'establish family and gender roles as described in God’s Word for the home and the family.'
This fall, Southwestern Baptist will be offering a new academic program in homemaking, a bachelor of arts in humanities degree with a 23-hour concentration including such classes as 'Clothing Construction' and 'Meal Preparation.' Such classes, Southwestern Baptist must believe, are in keeping with their stated goal of letting a woman (and I mean woman, as no men are to be admitted to the program) 'choose from a variety of programs what is appropriate for [her] own diverse interests and unique giftedness within the boundaries of biblical priorities.'
Southwestern's dean of women’s programs stated for the Associated Press that the program was instituted in order to strengthen families, as a woman's 'first priority is her family and home.' In the words of president Paige Patterson, 'If we do not do something to salvage the future of the home, both our denomination and our nation will be destroyed.'
National destruction? Quite a price to pay for a lack of homemakers.