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Lifeway's Warning Labels

Thomas Whitley

I am absolutely appalled by this. Lifeway has begun putting warning labels on books that

…may have espoused thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology.

These waring labels are marked Read with Discernment. Should we not read everything with discernment, Lifeway? Especially books that you accept without question.

The announcement (which can be found here) goes on to say that the reason they are still making these books available is

…because we believe the books do present content that is relevant and of value to Christians and/or because pastors, seminary students, and other ministry leaders need access to this type of material, strictly for critical study or research to help them understand and develop responses to the diversity of religious thought in today’s postmodern world.

Lifeway, are you afraid that people will begin to think for themselves? Are you afraid that people will learn that there are other, more peaceful, more egalitarian ways to view the world? Furthermore, do you not realize that much (most) of the Bible is “inconsistent with historical evangelical theology”? I think the Bible deserves one of your fancy warning labels as well, what with people hammering stakes through others’ temples, other people having more than one wife and multiple concubines and it being acceptable, Abraham and Moses and everyone else pre-exile being polytheistic (henotheistic at best), and young ladies tricking their father so they can have sex with him.

Give it some thought, Lifeway, and quit being so scared. It’s really not becoming.