You may have heard that the trustees at Southwestern Seminary approved a new homemaking degree for the College at Southwestern. The move has resulted in some controversy and a considerable amount of media attention (e.g., Baptist Press, AP story).
Last week, Dr. Jerry Johnson interviewed the President of Southwestern Dr. Paige Patterson and his wife Dr. Dorothy Patterson about the new program. Drs. Patterson defended the program based on the Bible’s teaching about gender roles in the home. It’s an informative interview, and I think you should hear it. It’s available for download here: “Teaching the Biblical Model of the Home” â€“ Jerry Johnson Live.
Frankly, I don’t see what the big deal is. Universities and colleges have been offering courses in home economics for a very long time. My pastor’s wife, for instance, has a degree in home economics from the University of Texas. Such courses may not be as fashionable as they used to be, but they certainly aren’t unprecedented in undergraduate programs of study. That a Baptist undergraduate school would offer such a concentration is quite unremarkable.
What is remarkable is that Drs. Patterson and the trustees at Southwestern have stood strong in defense of the Bible’s teaching on manhood and womanhood. Even in the face of opposition, they have remained steadfast, and we can all be grateful for their faithfulness in this regard.