New Seminary Subject: Homemaking
By ROSE FRENCH
The Associated Press
Thursday, August 9, 2007; 2:10 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers coursework in Greek and Hebrew, in archaeology, in the philosophy of religion and _ starting this fall _ in how to cook and sew.
One of the nation's largest Southern Baptist seminaries, the school is introducing a new, women-only academic program in homemaking _ a 23-hour concentration that counts toward a bachelor of arts degree in humanities. The program is aimed at helping establish what Southwestern's president calls biblical family and gender roles.
Coursework will include seven hours of nutrition and meal preparation, seven hours of textile design and "clothing construction," three hours of general homemaking, three hours on "the value of a child," and three hours on the "biblical model for the home and family."
Seminary officials say the main focus of the courses is on hospitality in the home _ teaching women interior design as well as how to sew and cook. Women also study children's spiritual, physical and emotional development.
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My first thought? "I want a wife!" ;)
On a more serious note, I'd be much less squicked out by this if female students at that school and in that denomination were able to become pastors. The lack of choice is what really bothers me, not the homemaking courses in and of themselves.