Christian Publisher: All of Top Theologian's Books Will Now Have Abuse Disclaimer

Denomination debates how to handle legacy of famed pacifist who sexually harassed and abused women.

A church publisher will front all future books by one of its denomination's most-famous theologians with an unusual acknowledgment: the pacifist author's "long-term sexual harassment and abuse of women."

In the wake of renewed public discussion of Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder's tainted past, MennoMedia announced last week that instead of ceasing to publish his books altogether, all future Yoder books published by Herald Press will include the following statement:

John Howard Yoder (1927–1997) was perhaps the most well-known Mennonite theologian in the twentieth century. While his work on Christian ethics helped define Anabaptism to an audience far outside the Mennonite Church, he is also remembered for his long-term sexual harassment and abuse of women. At Herald Press we recognize the complex tensions involved in presenting work by someone who called Christians to reconciliation and yet used his position of power to abuse others. We believe ...
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