Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Is it me, or is it getting cold in here ...

Thus spake a reader who emailed me this: Michael J. Kruger, "How my books are being banned at the Society of Biblical Literature" (Cannon Fodder, October 19, 2016). Excerpts:
... Dr. John Kutsko, executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature, has just proposed that InterVarsity Press–one of the largest evangelical presses in the country– be suspended from having a book stall at the annual SBL meeting (starting in 2017).

The reason for this ban is the recent decision by InterVarsity to uphold the biblical view of marriage and to ask their employees to do the same (see IVP clarification on their policy here).

Since I have a current book with IVP Academic, The Question of Canon, and a forthcoming book with them on Christianity in the second century, SBL would effectively be banning my books from the annual meeting. And that would be true for hundreds and hundreds of other IVP authors.

[Hat tip to JM]


Anonymous said...

The most catholic thing about the Catholic Church is that it is not Catholic.


JM said...

"Despite critics’ calls for more dialogue, Jao said an agree-to-disagree resolution is unworkable because it would require InterVarsity to act in opposition to what it believes is clearly revealed in Scripture. Jao insisted taking a clear theological stand will only help the ministry’s mission of discipleship: 'Reiterating [InterVarsity doctrine] is in part a conviction that all of Scripture is good news: It is good news for everyone, even when it’s hard.'"

From St. Peter's balcony, clutching a copy of his letter 'The Joy of Love," Pope Francis commented in response to InterVarsity's Jao, "Unlike our separated brethren, from Vatican II we have the infallible insight that everything in continuum is caught up in the paradox of time, and that the inspired parts of Scripture are infallible good news. We're not so committed to the other fallible parts."