Friday, May 25, 2007

Ken Said WHAT???

I couldn't let this article at CRN pass without comment. Aside from Ken's usual slander and name calling (posers to the faith, neo-liberal cult, etc.), this is the part that made my jaw drop:

This Memorial Day weekend, how about we ask God to help us remember the Biblical doctrines of grace that we as Christians are supposed to be preaching and then use these useless books of the so-called emerging church to light our bonfires. Let’s use them to fuel our cookouts, at least then they might just produce something useful after all…

I cannot believe that Ken is actually advocating that we burn books! People, this is what the Nazis did! And lest Ken try to pull the article and say it never happened, I have taken a screenshot.

Is Ken really advocating this kind of suppression of ideas? Burning books?

I still can't believe it.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Ben Davis said...

"And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver." (Acts 19:19)

8:36 PM  
Blogger Coop said...

Which is all well and good if Ken can show how the authors of the books he's advocating we toss onto the bonfire have practiced magic arts. And I want proof, not Ken's constant self-referential linkage, made-up words, and ad hominem attacks.

I can see burning things that are part of the life we lived before coming to a saving faith in Christ, destroying them in a very real and tangible way. However, Ken is advocating burning books written by those he does not agree with, making him no better than Hitler and the Nazis.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Brendt said...

Coop, you're kidding, right? Ken saying this kind of stuff doesn't really surprise you, does it?

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Brendt said...

Ben, let's assume that Ken had that verse in mind. Beyond Coop's statements (which are spot on), Ken's being awfully flippant about all this with his cookout references.

9:05 PM  
Blogger rocksalive777 said...

This is more than a little disturbing. First, I can't help but wonder if this preacher has actually read the works of Rob Bell (which I find to be very enlightening, concerning the history of the faith, if nothing more). And for a man professing to be a follower of Jesus, should he really be calling for the suppression of even a controversial book, and therefore the discussion it will bring about, is disturbing.

But as John Lennon said, they have to buy it before they can burn it. And as Shane Claiborne said, "So don't think too highly of me, and maybe some of you could write me angry letters (so I'll know I said something right)."

Shalom,
Drew

10:47 PM  
Blogger rocksalive777 said...

And this is why Blogger needs an edit function:

And for a man professing to be a follower of Jesus, the great facilitator of discussion, should he really be calling for the suppression of even a controversial book, and therefore the discussion it will bring about?

10:54 PM  

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