The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) has distanced itself from a controversial book about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks three months after they published it.
Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action, which claims the attacks were orchestrated by the Bush administration so the United States would have a reason to attack Afghanistan and Iraq, will remain on shelves despite the condemnation.
The board of directors of the PPC, which is the official denominational publisher of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), decided that the book is not up to the editorial standards of Westminster John Knox Press (WJK), the division of PPC that published the book.
Although the decision by the board does not overrule previous statements from WJK that defended the book, it emphasizes the autonomy between the PPC and the PC(USA).
Kenneth Godshall, chair of the board, explained the decision in a November 11 press release, in which he said the theological reflections of author David Ray Griffin are "helpful and timely," but that the "conspiracy theory is spurious and based on questionable research."
Griffin is a professor emeritus of theology at Claremont School of Theology and a prominent process theologian who has published dozens of books with WJK since 1975. He has published three other books about the terrorist attacks with Olive Branch Press, and a fourth, tentatively titled Debunking 9/11 Debunking, is due to be released in 2007.
"We believe that the research he produced is primarily taken from other Internet conspiracy theorists, and the author and our own editors did not take the time to consult other information that debunks 9/11 conspiracy theories," Godshall told CT.
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