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The online demise of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood [Update]

The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Web site is back. They explain their long absence as follows:

Approximately three weeks ago, it appears that someone hacked into our server and severely damaged the CBMW website. Not only did this prohibit use of the site but is also kept us from even being able to send out a mass email to even explain the challenge we were facing to some of you.

We have been working around the clock to fix the problem. In addition to this, we moved our entire site to a different server that will give us access to more technical help in the future and will save us quite a bit of money as well. I am deeply grateful for the people who helped us rectify the situation and enable us to once again serve you with material that will help your home and church.

Not persuasive reasons for an extended outage, unless you stir in large helpings of other management issues. Whatever the case, they did not fulfill Wade Burleson’s wish [explained below].

The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) is as of this writing missing from the Web and Internet at large. The domain name has apparently not been lost to them, but it isn’t attached to a server.

They lent their fundamentally Southern Baptist clout to the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which was subsequently affirmed as a key document of faith by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Wade Burleson today says in his comment on the CBMW’s perhaps temporary Internet invisibility:

Over the course of the past three years I have written a few times about The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). Southern Baptists, including Dorothy Patterson, Al Mohler, Danny Akin and others, serve on the Board of Directors of the Council. Randy Stinson, Dean of Church Ministries at Southern Seminary, serves as the Executive Director of the CBMW. I have written about CBMW teaching various forms of patriarchy, calling Irving Bible Church elders’ decision to allow a woman to teach the Bible “a grave moral concern” (comparable to homosexuality), advocating the eternal subordination of women to men, encouraging abused women to merely “pray for their husbands,” and stating that opposing “male authority” is the same as opposing Christ’s authority.

He proposes that CBMW return as a site of “scholarly exegesis.”

Rather than, say, continue as a living caricature of Christian paternalism.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | SBC | , , , | Comments Off on The online demise of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood [Update]