Have at Them

I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition. Despite my departure from them back in the mid-90s, I still have affection for them. They are how and why I, as a child, became a Texan, and I recall my father’s discussions with other men about the conservative pushback against the liberal SWBTS president Dilday; Dad being with the conservatives. So, as a literal child of the conservative takeover of the SBC, I was interested in the horrific character assassination of now-former SWBTS president Paige Patterson.

I can find reasons to dislike Patterson. He, along with many others, own the mess created by the extra-Biblical idea of Complementarianism. [1] But the fact is he was taken out because–even in his Complementarian error–he chose to skew closer to Biblical, traditional, and observably true judgments of men and women.

Anyway, that’s about all I have to say about Patterson the man. This post is about the 3,365 Southern Baptists who signed an open letter which rebuked Patterson for being reasonable and Godly in his teaching; even if his specific examples in those teachings were sometimes less than verifiable. I would want to know if the sort of person who would sign such a letter was teaching my kids, or influencing my wife. In fact, I’d want to talk to them about their Godless, views. I’d want my friends to know.

17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites,[f] and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. 19 For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

So I have copied the names into a spreadsheet and sorted them by state, city, and church. The data isn’t perfectly massaged, but it is easily searchable. The first tab has the whole list of signers. The rest of the tabs are a breakdown by state, provided the state had enough signers to warrant their own tab. Rhode Island info is only on the All States tab, for example. View the spreadsheet here.

[1] Even the word itself sounds weak. 


14 thoughts on “Have at Them

  1. Wow. Great minds think alike. A few days ago I too put it in a spreadsheet and searched to see if anyone in my Church signed it. Nobody did. Being in the Fort Worth area, I expected that there would be a lot of signers here and there are, but none at my Church and just one at another Church I went to.

  2. The spreadsheet seems to be a good work, Alleluia (now that Eastertide is over, I have to work in my own Alleluias).


  3. Even though it was purportedly a women’s letter, I see a lot of men’s names on the list.

    And I love some of the “comments” that were included –

    Former Baptist who almost died at the hands of her ex husband because of views like Dr Pattersons
    I quit church to protect myself from men like this

    And how much do you want to bet that this was all coordinated over Facebook?

  4. Thanks for the spreadsheet. I know where some of these joints are located in several of the cities for my state. It’s a cinch I will have to reference this in future.

    [1] Even the word itself sounds weak.

    Weak men invent weak words.

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  6. My husband and I are members of QSBC in OKC and have withdrawn our support of the letter against Dr. Patterson, and have expressed our regret for signing it. It would be greatly appreciated if you would take our names off of your spreadsheet. Unfortunately, we are unable to have our names removed from the letter as we don’t know who to contact in order to do so.

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