My plea to Dr. Paige Patterson

It is not egalitarians that is bringing down the complementarian giants. It is the giants themselves. And, again, it is because the secular world has led the way. Dr Paige Patterson is coming under fire because of a 2000 interview in which he said he was happy that a woman had two black eyes because her husband hit her, and for other outrageous statements that he has made about women.

Dr.  Patterson has not given up yet, but he is taking a beating on twitter and blogs and in the minds of many Christian egalitarians. The Southern Baptist Convention will stand beside him and a showdown is coming because he is on the program to speak in June at their annual meeting.  We’ll see what happens but many are calling for him to recuse himself and let somebody else speak that day.

 Note: Patterson is the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX, and a co-founder of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and also helped instigate the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 which prohibits women from pastoring a church and declares that wives are to submit to their husbands.

In 2015, I wrote to Dr. Patterson and sent him a copy of my book Dethroning Male Headship. I offered to meet with him.

April 17, 2015
Paige Patterson
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
2001 W Seminary Dr
Fort Worth, TX  76115

Dear Dr Patterson,

Would you spare a few minutes for me to sit down and talk with you?

There was a man named Stephen who spoke the Word of God, but the religious men of the town connived against him. The young man Saul approved of the murder of Stephen and held their cloaks while they threw the stones. Armed with righteous fervor, Saul tried to destroy the church; going from house to house, he dragged out the believers, both men and women, and threw them into jail.

Saul knew the Law. He was determined that the Law would be honored because God wanted that. So he set about doing it. But he was wrong.

Saul knew only part of the story. He knew God wanted righteousness, but Saul thought he knew what that righteousness was. Saul had not encountered the risen Christ.

While the new-born church body was gathering converts, Saul kept up his violent threats of murder against the followers of the Lord. Until one day he came face to face with Jesus himself.

I refuse to believe that it is too late to stop the teaching against women that is causing so much harm to the church body. I believe that it can be reversed. I believe that God is even now speaking to hearts of those who have persecuted women while citing the Law.

I believe that you can use your considerable influence to setting this right. I would love to meet with you for a few minutes in your offices or if you are in the Houston area.

Your sister-in-Christ,
Shirley Taylor
Street Evangelist for women’s equality

Got a reply from Dr Patterson:

Thank you for your letter of April 17 along with the book “Dethroning Male Headship.” In a sense, I am not fully certain why you wrote me. Obviously I am on the other side of this issue. You, of course, have every right to hold your position and to propound your position whenever and wherever you want.

The issue in the final analysis is not really about gender, however. It is about the sacred Scriptures. Given the extensive misrepresentations of our own positions that I read in your book I do not think anything is served for us to sit down and talk. Especially is that true when all such discussions take away from the time we might spend leading men and women to faith in Jesus Christ.

 Thank you, however, for the communication and may God richly bless you in every way.

Until He Comes, Paige Patterson.

I would like to tell Dr. Patterson that it is still not too late to make this right. It is too late to make amends to the women you have harmed by denying their calling, but it is not too late to stop harming young women and girls who feel called to preach, yet are denied that privilege and responsibility by the Southern Baptist Convention.

He is coming under fire because of a 2010 interview in which he said he was happy that a woman had two black eyes because her husband hit her.

Stand up and be a man, Dr. Paige.

Suggested reading:


Also my books

Dethroning Male Headship: Second Edition
Women Equal – No Buts: Powered by the same Source
Raising the Hood: A Christian Look at Manhood and Womanhood

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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2 Responses to My plea to Dr. Paige Patterson

  1. Donald Johnson says:

    Unless Paige has retired or left otherwise by then, I think Wade Burleson plans to try to submit a recommendation that Paige be fired. We will see how it all plays out though.


    • I think he is too. Wade has long been a supporter of women’s equality. In 2016, I sent Wade a letter in which I enclosed a paper napkin. This is some of what I said: “Three years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Southern Baptist leaders Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler sat at the Café du Monde in New Orleans and planned out the conservative takeover which had one lasting result – women would remain submissive in churches even though our United States government gave us freedom. They wrote their simple plan on a napkin.

      Here is a napkin. Will you help write the plan for the future where restrictions for women have been lifted?”


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