Dr. Pattersonâs dramatic exit convulsed the Southern Baptist Convention, turning the school into a nexus of the continuing debate over womenâs role in the church.
Karen Swallow Prior, a Southern Baptist professor at Liberty University, said Dr. Pattersonâs ouster was a step toward changing âthe misogynistic, sexist culture of the SBC.â She added that there is âa dramatic shiftâ among younger evangelicals who are more eager âto embrace the idea of women as leaders, both in the church and in the culture.â
Others saw Dr. Pattersonâs ouster as an ideologically-motivated takedown.
âThe previous generation, their priority was missions and evangelism and preaching,â said Rev. Wayne Dickard, a former Southwestern trustee. The new generation, he said, âis far more interested in the social justice movement.â ...