Friday, April 4, 2014

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary responds to the petition? Hmmm. I wonder... complementarians decided to respond to the petition demanding an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womahood (CBMW)? 

Another new article at the Associated Baptist Press News has suggested that such may be the case. 

Bob Allen wrote on March 31st in his article Seminary website lists aspects of 'biblical womanhood':

“Sadly, many times our efforts to define our values lead to misunderstanding and even negativity,” the article says. “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.
Sponsors say the statement isn’t intended to replace the Baptist Faith and Message, which teaches that wives should submit to their husbands in the home and that women cannot be senior pastor of a church, or the Danvers Statement, the doctrinal basis for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood based in Louisville, Ky.

“These remain two primary statements that help define what we believe, and we’re not trying to replace either of these,” the article says. “But we do want to share a biblical foundation for the issues concerning a woman’s life that is for women, by women.”

Recently a group calling itself the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition posted an online petition at accusing the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood of putting the issue of female subordination ahead of the gospel and demanding the retraction of teachings the petitioners say are harmful to women.

The Biblical Woman Statement doesn’t mention that controversy, but it defends “complementarianism,” the view that males and females complement each other in their different roles and duties. A 2013 blog entry titled “Biblical Womanhood 101: What We Really Teach at Southwestern” defines the view as “equal yet distinct.”

Read the entire ABPNews article HERE.

Link HERE to read more about the group advancing the new list defending complementarianism -- the Biblical Woman program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I suppose that time will tell if this new statement truly serves as a response to counter the FreeCWC petition.  At least it's more substantive than an insulting tweet.  

We also can't help but wonder if the new tag line and buzz phrase at CBMW will become "equal yet distinct"?

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