Should We Still Read Eugene Peterson?

Russell Moore | July 13, 2017

Update (July 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m. EDT): In a retraction published by Christianity Today, Eugene Peterson affirms a biblical view of marriage.

“I affirm a biblical view of marriage: one man to one woman. I affirm a biblical view of everything. . . . When put on the spot by this particular interviewer, I said yes in the moment. But on further reflection and prayer, I would like to retract that. That’s not something I would do out of respect to the congregation, the larger church body, and the historic biblical Christian view and teaching on marriage. That said, I would still love such a couple as their pastor. They’d be welcome at my table, along with everybody else.”

This week Eugene Peterson—pastor, translator of The Message, author of numerous books—revealed in an interview with Jonathan Merritt that he now embraces same-sex marriage and has abandoned the historic Christian sexual ethic. I can’t say that I am surprised. Peterson, after all, has remained in mainline Protestantism, fairly comfortably, even after the last embers of orthodoxy on marriage matters in these communions have burned out. Still, I cannot overstate just how disappointed I am, as one who writes this next…

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