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    A Retraction and Apology

    To the Reformation Theology community:

    About nine months ago, I posted an article entitled, "The Anabaptist Captivity of the Church"; and just this morning, I received a comment rebuking me for broad-brushing and misrepresenting the Anabaptist tradition. I acknowledge some truth in this rebuke, and so I have retracted the article, and wish to extend an apology to anyone who may have read it. The important issues that it brought up were not well-served by my unwise approach. Please accept my apology, and pray that I will be given a wiser and more gracious tongue in the future.

    I would also like to make clear that the responsibility for the article was mine alone, and should not be made to reflect at all upon the other contributors to this blog.

    Still a sinner, but still hoping in grace alone,

    Nathan Pitchford

    Posted by Nathan on June 13, 2011 04:02 PM


    I never read the article, but the humility you exhibited in your retraction was what my friends call "evidence of grace".

    Let me echo that and remark what a gracious and humble statement that was. I would likewise agree that the issues raised, speaking from the "other" side so to speak, are quite important and will be increasingly so in the years to come.

    In a culture where the first response to the discovery we aren't perfect, is to deny, deny, deny... what is needed is a spirit of humility and acceptance in the face of illumination, which you showed.

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