Back in 2007, LifeWay Christian Stores (owned by the Southern Baptist Convention) decided to attach a sticker to certain books that said “Please Read with Discernment”. Â Authors like Rob Bell, Donald Miller, and Brian McLaren all had their books tagged with the labels… and a warning: Â that those books were “strictly for critical study or research to… understand and develop responses to the diversity of religious thought in today’s postmodern world.”
Those labels are going away in 2011.
According to a report in Christianity Today
, LifeWay had been thinking of getting rid of the labels for some time. Â They thought they would help readers, but just became controversial and ended up being “more trouble than they were worth.”
In the end, according to Chris Rodgers, LifeWay’s director of product standards and customer relations, “We should all readÂ everythingÂ with discernment.”
[box type=”info”]What do you think? Should LifeWay continue or discontinue the “Read with Discernment” program? And since they are a Southern Baptist owned store, what SHOULDN’T they sell (if anything)?[/box]