BP This Week: Eugene Peterson, the Media, and ‘Hate Groups’

This week’s big story was Eugene Peterson, author of “The Message,” who apparently embraced homosexual relationships and same-sex “marriage,” and then retracted his comments the next day. Peterson’s reasoning in both cases illustrates an authority problem and confusion over sexuality and Christian anthropology in the evangelical church.

It’s not difficult to see why Peterson and other popular authors, musicians, and pastors have faltered on the biblical view of sex and marriage. The pressure to conform to an increasingly secular culture is immense. This week mainstream news outlets like ABC and NBC adopted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s language describing the Alliance Defending Freedom as “an anti-LGBT hate group.” John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer explain why this will likely hurt the credibility of mainstream news networks more than ADF or other Christian groups.

Image: Clappstar, Wikimedia Commons, Eugene Peterson at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA

Resources

Q&A Best-selling author Eugene Peterson changes his mind on gay marriage
  • Jonathan Merritt
  • Religion News Service
  • July 12, 2017
Actually, Eugene Peterson Does Not Support Same-Sex Marriage
  • Kate Shellnutt
  • Christianity Today
  • July 13, 2017
Eugene Peterson's Theological Sigh
  • Samuel D. James
  • First Things
  • July 13, 2017
Notable Christians who’ve had a change of heart on LGBT issues
  • Madeleine Buckley
  • Religion News Service
  • July 12, 2017
Jeff Sessions addresses 'anti-LGBT hate group,' but DOJ won't release his remarks
  • Pete Madden and Erin Galloway
  • ABC News
  • July 12, 2017
Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage
  • Adam Liptak
  • The New York Times
  • June 26, 2017

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