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Thomas Nelson: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing?

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A writer at WND, (World Net Daily) holds nothing back in an full-blown attack levied at Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. In an article titled Beware the Bookseller Pretending To Be Christian — more about that headline later — Jim Fletcher writes:

Back in the day, with its marketing angle that touted the company’s roots (the company began in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1798), one got the feeling that its books were trustworthy.

Guess not.

He continues,

Thomas Nelson has seemingly not cared about being too rigidly biblical in its offerings for some time, and the current list of authors/books is disturbing to anyone who would identify as a conservative Christian…

He then systematically works his way through Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, Rachel Held Evans, Brad Lomenick, Richard Stearns, Ron Sider, Donald Miller, Judah Smith, Leonard Sweet, and Bob Roberts, Jr.  It’s hard to imagine that there was anyone left to attack

As the article builds to a crescendo he concludes:

…They remind me of those thoroughbred running backs in college and the NFL, the ones who feint this way and that, stopping defensive backs in their tracks.

But feinting can also mean one who intentionally deceives.

Deception.

Read the full article here.

It should be noted that whether you agree or disagree with the doctrinal state of Christian publishers in general, or Thomas Nelson in particular, WND editors committed a major blunder in creating the article’s headline. (Generally, writers do not choose their header.) The article is about the actions of a publisher, but the headline implies that booksellers like you and me are deliberately engaging in deception.  That’s just not fair.

Historically, book sellers have trusted their publishers. Is that still the case?

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  1. January 31, 2014 at 5:15 am

    Methinks the author might have problems with Jesus’ behaviour in the Gospels: he was good at the feints and certainly didn’t play by the rules as set by the right-wingers of his day…

  2. January 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Lol Paul, given I’ve got Claiborne & Campolo and actively recommend them and other authors like them in my shop I rather guess that the writer/editors may well count me in that title!
    I’m pretty confident in my Christianity though and think I can safely say i’m not pretending about anything but living my faith out loud, and am happy to be serving as a witness every day 😀
    But yes, I do agree that the editors could have been much more careful in their choice of words.

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