My publisher was outmaneuvered by narrow minds.
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the bookstore. My book got banned.
Actually, it wasn’t my book, it was someone else’s. But the local bookstore was participating in a nationwide boycott of the “guilty” publisher—my publisher—and a few bystanding authors got caught in the crossfire.
Now, it was no great affront to me personally. My book, about rock music and pop culture, had been around awhile. And I have to admit that clearing it off the shelves was hardly a setback to the furtherance of Christian thought and belief. I was just a little surprised, though, to hear that it was no longer available to anyone who happened to want a copy.
Quite a few other books were not available either: Paul Little’s Know Why You Believe and How to Give Away Your Faith, John Stott’s Basic Christianity and J. I. Packer’s Knowing God, Calvin Miller’s Singer Trilogy; and books by the likes of John White, H. R. Rookmaaker, Os Guiness, Rebecca Manley Pippert, and Walter Trobisch, to mention only a few.
I found myself in some pretty good company, but it was of no real consolation. These authors have something important to say and deserve to be heard. And yet patrons of the boycotting bookstores were deprived of a listening—all because one book was deemed sufficiently noxious that the publisher’s entire catalog had to be tossed out.
That’s the trouble with restricting other views: there are bound to be regrettable consequences. In this case, someone decided a point had to be made; that a particular strain of thinking was so harmful, so spurious—so threatening?—that it could not be expressed. No matter that such evangelical luminaries as theologian Carl Henry and philosopher Arthur Holmes saw value ...1
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