An audio recording recently <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/04/29/southern-baptist-leader-pushes-back-after-comments-leak-urging-abused-women-to-pray-and-avoid-divorce/?utm_term=.7cd6383736ac">surfaced</a> in which a prominent Southern Baptist leader said abused wives should focus on praying, “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce.<p><p>The recording, which dates back to the year 2000, is of Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a leading figure in the Southern Baptist Convention. Many credit him with orchestrating the conservative resurgence of the denomination beginning in 1979.<p><p>Not surprisingly, Patterson’s comments touched off a flurry of condemnation and calls for him to step down. Commentators mostly objected to the implication that he condoned domestic violence, which he has <a href="https://swbts.edu/news/releases/press-release-paige-patterson/">denied.</a> But the Southern Baptist Convention has had a long history of conservative stances on women that it maintains are based on Scripture.<p><p>So what’s the back story on the SBC’s position on the role of women, and wives in particular?<p><p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo courtesy: Religion News Service</em></span></p>
More than 2,000 Southern Baptist women have signed a letter asking the trustees of a Fort Worth, Texas, seminary to take action against its embattled president after audio and video clips emerged in which he counseled physically abused women to quietly pray and described a 16-year-old’s body as “built.”
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