Everywhere I turn, it seems, I hear of Christians under attack—not from secular humanists or fundamentalist Muslims, but from fellow members of the Christian community. Charles Colson told me the ugliest mail he has ever received came from Christians in response to his accepting the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (see CT, Sept. 13, 1994, p. 57). "Our brethren were far less charitable than the secular media during the days of Watergate," he said. What an indictment! Another Christian spokesperson, Tony Campolo, has suffered from Christians who apparently printed scurrilous pamphlets purporting to be from Queer Nation in order to cast Campolo in the worst possible light. Meanwhile, Karen Mains's career as a writer, speaker, and broadcaster is threatened by a boycott over what she has written about her dream life. And Eugene Peterson's New Testament paraphrase, "The Message," has made him a target of those upset with anyone "tampering with God's Word."
The list goes on. Richard Foster dares to use words like meditation in his writings on spiritual discipline, which puts him under suspicion as a New Ager. Yet another author told me a Christian book distributor has refused to carry her book in France because she quotes from C. S. Lewis, who has evidently joined the enemies list posthumously.
I freely confess that I have not read or heard every word written or spoken by these folks. Perhaps they did say something that deserves scrutiny and even admonishment. (As a writer, I know how easy it is to write something I later regret.) What bothers me, though, is the vicious tone of the attacks, which are often dripping with sarcasm and angry invective. Campolo, Colson, Foster, Lewis, Mains, Peterson-are these really the ...1
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