Some of you may remember Paige Patterson, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We’ve done a few posts on him over the years. Here is Robert Downen of the Houston Chronicle: The president of the Southern Baptist Convention on Friday said churches should consider disgraced former leader Paige Patterson’s history of mishandling sexual … Continue reading Southern Baptist Convention President Tells Churches to Think Twice Before Inviting Paige Patterson to Preach
Yes, you read the headline correctly. Paige Patterson, who was ousted at Southwestern Theological Seminary for dismissing women’s concerns about domestic abuse and rape (see our coverage here), is teaching an ethics course at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. But it gets better. Patterson is co-teaching the class with Southern Evangelical Seminary president … Continue reading Paige Patterson and Richard Land Will Co-Teach an Ethics Course
Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey continue to work the Paige Patterson story for the Washington Post. In their recent piece, they share additional stories of women treated poorly by Patterson. Here is a taste: Melissa Medley was there from 2010 to 2014 for her undergraduate studies in missions work when, she says, she was groped … Continue reading More on the Paige Patterson Story from *The Washington Post*
Instead, Patterson will ride “off into the setting sun—but with a Bible in my hand and a witness from my heart until He comes for me individually or for us all in the air. ” He also references his own place in history: “I have with stumbling step, limited ability, and stuttering tongue desired to bequeath to the world an … Continue reading Paige Patterson Will Not Deliver Southern Baptist Convention Sermon
Here is the latest on the Paige Patterson mess. It comes from David Roach at Baptist Press. A taste: An attorney for terminated Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson issued a media release late Monday afternoon (June 4) defending Patterson against alleged “wide-spread misrepresentation and misinformation… Among Sharpe’s claims in his media release: — … Continue reading Paige Patterson’s Attorney Says His Client is the Victim of “wide-spread misrepresentation and misinformation”
I will be shocked if Patterson goes ahead with the sermon. Over at Religion News Service, Adelle Banks gives us the latest. Here is a taste of her piece, “Will he or won’t he?” (RNS) — Paige Patterson is still listed on the program as giving the sermon at his denomination’s upcoming annual convention, despite being condemned … Continue reading Will Paige Patterson Still Deliver the Keynote Sermon at the Southern Baptist Annual Meeting?
Here is Sarah Smith of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The fired Southern Baptist seminary leader who wanted to get an alleged rape victim alone to “break her down” also said it was a “good thing” she had been raped and that her future husband wouldn’t care if she was a virgin or not, according to the … Continue reading This Paige Patterson Stuff Just Gets More Disgusting By the Day
David Roach has a nice summary of the most recent developments at Baptist Press. Here is a taste: Following Paige Patterson’s termination by a 12-member committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees, reactions have ranged from affirmation of the trustees to defense of Patterson. The seminary has canceled planned on-campus events in conjunction with the … Continue reading The Latest on Paige Patterson
Get some context here. April Laissle of WYSO has it covered. Here is her report: UPDATE: Paige Patterson has resigned from Cedarville University’s Board of Trustees, according to a university official. His name was removed from the school’s website Friday. Cedarville spokesperson Clem Boyd told WYSO Patterson’s resignation is effective immediately, but declined to comment further.
This time the turn seems to be in Patterson’s favor. Over at the website “SBC Issues,” Sharaya Colter, the wife of Patterson’s chief of staff, offers a different account of what happened to Patterson. And she has documents! I am wondering where and how she got these documents. Read her post here.
We blogged about this last week. Southern Baptist blogger Wade Burleson suggested that files pertaining to a 2003 rape of a student at Southeastern Seminary during the Paige Patterson presidency were removed from the seminary archives when Patterson left for Southwestern Seminary. Get up to speed here. It looks like Danny Akin, the current president … Continue reading What is the Current Status of the Paige Patterson Files Removed from Southeastern Seminary?
When Paige Patterson was fired yesterday by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he lost his cushy retirement package, including an on-campus mansion on the seminary property. Find some context here and here. Back in March, the Baptist Blogger, Rev. Benjamin S. Cole, posted a video of the house. To be fair, it seems like the building … Continue reading Paige Patterson’s Former Retirement Home
Cedarville University president Thomas White is a Paige Patterson disciple. (According to this story, Patterson preferred to called people like White his “proteges”). He worked for Patterson at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We have blogged before about White and the direction he has taken Cedarville. Get up to speed … Continue reading Will Cedarville University Remove Paige Patterson from its Board of Trustees?
The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees was apparently convinced by evidence that Paige Patterson covered-up the rape of a female student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003. He is out. No golden parachute. Here is the Board of Trustees: During the May 30, 2018, Executive Committee meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological … Continue reading This Time Paige Patterson is REALLY Out at Southwestern Baptist Seminary
So let’s get this straight. The June 13, 2018 keynote sermon for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas will be delivered by a guy: who suggested that abused women should pray for their husbands and avoid divorce. who inappropriately talked about a sixteen-year-old girl’s body from the pulpit who has been … Continue reading As of Now, Paige Patterson Will Still Deliver the Keynote Sermon at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention
I imagine we will hear more stories like the ones April Armstrong has shared at the website #SBCToo: Breaking the Southern Baptist Seminary Silence. Armstrong attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while Paige Patterson was president and then went on to get a Ph.D in Religion at Princeton. She currently works in Princeton’s Mudd Library. Here … Continue reading April Armstrong on the Culture of Paige Patterson’s Southwestern Baptist Seminary
I had never heard of Wade Burleson until this whole Paige Patterson mess broke. I find his commentary to have a degree of moral clarity that seems to be missing from the decisions of the members of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary Board of Trustees. Southern Baptists should be embarrassed by the way the Board has … Continue reading Did Paige Patterson Take Letters Dealing With an Alleged Rape from the Southeastern Seminary Archives?
Here is Sarah Smith’s reporting at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary heard confidential details of assaults that Paige Patterson allegedly covered up during their closed-door meeting earlier this week. Patterson was pushed to the position of “president emeritus” during the meeting, but two days later, there are few answers on what transpired … Continue reading More Details Coming Out on Paige Patterson Meeting With Southwestern Board of Trustees
Wow! Patterson believes he has done nothing wrong and will not apologize. Read-up on this whole mess here. The quote in the title of this post comes from Bob Allen’s article at Baptist News Global. Here is a taste: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s new president emeritus offered no new apologies in his first words to … Continue reading Paige Patterson on His Firing: “We are of course hurt, but we did not compromise”
If you are interested in this whole Paige Patterson mess, read this long blog post from Wade Burleson, a Southern Baptist pastor and critic of Patterson. Burleson claims to have taken the rape cover-up story to The Washington Post. Here is a taste: Within an hour of reporting the assault, Paige Patterson contacted the woman and … Continue reading Paige Patterson Prepared a PowerPoint Presentation to the Southwestern Seminary Board to Prove He Was “Under Attack”