Cedarville “University” Puts Women in their place

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In his March 10 chapel talk, Thomas White discussed the concept of headship based on 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. “We operate with the presupposition of inerrancy. So what I tell you today is not something that I wrote, I made up, or I started,” he said. “I’m just going to preach to you what the text says.”

Cedarville, which recently weathered a turbulent year of disagreements and resignations, has also restricted classes in the women’s ministry program—functionally, every Bible class in the fall schedule taught by a woman—to only female students, according to alumni and a university representative.

via Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com.

And of course, Denny Burk just loves this idea. I bet Al Mohler would too.

I do not feel like I need to go into how badly Thomas White gets 1 Co. 11.2-16 wrong.

I can tell you, however, this is one of the reason I’m happy to stay in the UMC, and why I knew I would never be a baptist when I started to search for a new home. This news is shocking, but not too unexpected. After all, they got rid of the philosophy department, put in a gun range, and took a hyper-conservative track in staff.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

5 thoughts on “Cedarville “University” Puts Women in their place

  1. This type of thing is why I think I spend half of my time trying to explain to people “No, I’m not that kind of conservative…” Then again, when talking to most conservatives they call me liberal, and when talking to most liberals they call me conservative. That settles it, I must be a libertarian christian.

  2. Religious organizations:

    quoting Paul over Jesus have gone off the deep end.
    eliminating diversity are financed by deep pockets with a very narrow and morally bankrupt agenda.

    1. Both “quoting” and “eliminating” were preceded by numerals with line between each when originally written. Obviously, something got lost in the machine language translation!

  3. I’m not sure why my blog got connected with this post. I wrote “If it hadn’t been for Cedarville” last June before any of this non-sense about women not being able to teach men in the Bible department. I strongly disagree with Cedarville’s current stance and I don’t want to be connected with that. However, I do still stand by the Cedarville that I experienced and graduated from. All of those lessons listed in my post, I learned because I went to Cedarville University.

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