Moody Bible Institute
A Male Casualty of the Feminist Issue

In 1976 Stanley Gundry wrote a book called Love Them In—an analysis of the theology of Moody Bible Institute founder D. L. Moody. Three years later, the author may be feeling more left out than loved in.

Gundry, a professor of theology for 11 years at Moody, submitted his resignation from the faculty last month—but only under pressure from the Institute hierarchy. Gundry speculated that had he not resigned, “I gather that I would have been terminated with no severance benefits.”

Moody’s displeasure with its respected faculty member (Gundry is immediate past president of the Evangelical Theological Society and a prolific writer) was primarily due to the feminist views espoused by Gundry’s free-lance writer wife, Patricia.

Patricia Gundry wrote Woman, Be Free in 1977. “The basic idea of the book,” her husband explained, “is that there should be no bars to women in places of Christian leadership. She does this while adhering to the authority—even the inerrancy—of Scripture. This is something other books in this area don’t do.”

Gundry agrees with his wife’s views, and says his own position has been known for some time. The subject seldom came up in the classroom, he said, but when it did, “I was careful to state both positions and assign reading on both sides of the issue.”

So why the sudden action against Gundry—nearly two years after publication of his wife’s book? Moody reportedly has received many letters criticizing Mrs. Gundry’s book, and particularly her expressed views on the feminist issue during recent speaking engagements. Constituency and, perhaps more important to the administration, its conservative donors, objected to her advocacy of women’s ordination, said ...

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