I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that there is a Women’s Studies professor on the CBMW Council:
Mary Kassian, M.C.A.O.T.
Homemaker, Author, Women’s Ministry Consultant
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
For an idea of just what a complementarian Women’s Studies professor is like, here is a video of Professor Kassian discussing the importance of escaping the repression of the 1950s, as well as her feminist past. Kassian features this video in a blog post titled Kissing Traditionalism Good-bye. You can watch the video below or from her blog, but either way I suggest clicking on her blog to see the girlpower image she prefaced this with. Kassian is the one in red on the left:
The unspoken premise of the discussion is that Christians got it all wrong for nineteen and a half centuries, and then the 1960s (and NOW) came along and enlightened Christianity regarding the problem that has no name. I’m guessing they intended for the title “women’s studies” to be ironic, but it is clear that what they are selling is at best feminism light.
Kassian isn’t the only close connection between the CBMW leadership and Baptist women’s studies programs. CBMW founders Paige and Dorothy Paterson drove the creation of women’s studies programs at two other Baptist seminaries:
[Dorothy] Patterson, along with her husband, were instrumental in establishing women’s studies programs at Southwestern and at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where Paige Patterson was president until his election at Southwestern in 2003.
Dorothy Patterson was the only woman in the founding of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood