Gerald McDermott is an Anglican professor at Alabama’s Beeson Divinity School. He weighs in on the banning of InterVarsity Press by the Society for Biblical Literature in an essay entitled, “Stranger than Fiction.”
Perhaps you notice the disconnect between SBL’s declaration of “tolerance” and its threat not to tolerate the age-old teaching of Christian marriage. Or the contradiction between claiming to want “unhindered critical discourse” but now threatening to hinder discourse by banning arguments for a particular position. Or “respect for diversity” while not wanting intellectual diversity in discussions of the most debated ethical issue of our day.