Eugene Peterson, author of over 30 best-selling books — including a paraphrasing of the bible, The Message — is reversing on comments he had previously made that seemed to support same-sex marriage.
The 84-year-old caused a controversy in the evangelical community when he said during an interview with Religious News Service that he would perform a same-sex marriage if he were still working as a pastor. (Peterson retired in 1991.) His answer caused some waves, and on July 12, the same day that Peterson’s interview was published, Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing division, LifeWay Christian Resources, said it was preparing to pull Peterson’s books, Christianity Today reported. The LifeWay website lists 135 books by Peterson, including several versions of The Message.
“LifeWay only carries resources in our stores by authors who hold to the biblical view of marriage,” said a spokesperson for the Southern Baptist Convention. “We are attempting to confirm with Eugene Peterson or his representatives that his recent interview on same-sex marriage accurately reflects his views. If he confirms he does not hold to a biblical view of marriage, LifeWay will no longer sell any resources by him, including The Message.”
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