And then one day, on Twitter of all places, this woman wrote me and said ‘your book was used against me like a weapon.’ I answered and said ‘I’m so sorry.’“It was such a simple, human interaction, but that interaction led to a conversation which led to a friendship, and that friendship changed me.She said something I”ll never forget – that her conversation with me on twitter was the first time a religious leader had ever acknowledged getting something wrong and apologized to her.” for people to share their unedited experiences—positive or negative—with his book, which led both Harris and a fellow grad student who had also been hurt by Harris’s book to begin work on a documentary that explores the impact Harris’s book had on dozens of people.Several years ago, even conservative evangelical World Magazine published an article critical of the impact Harris’s seminal book has had on the relationship culture of an entire generation of evangelical young people. It has been nearly two decades since he published his book, and in that time he has married, had children, pastored a church, and weathered a denomination sex abuse scandal that threatened to take his congregation down with it.It is likely this last event that set him on his path toward seminary.
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Or we give these lame apologies: ‘to anyone who was offended …’ as though being offended was their fault. But in that tension and facing up to it, that’s the sign that I’m growing.” “I wish I could say people will come by and pat you on the back for being humble, but expect resistance. By giving Harris permission to share these stories, they are being licensed to him for use in whatever way he sees fit—in whole in or in part, censored or uncensored, in service of whatever conclusions he comes to about the impact of his work.But the reality is that the impact of his work is not his to decide.This week, we’re inviting you to share your stories—uncut and uncensored.
We want to curate these stories in the hopes of preventing more damage from being done and to provide an alternative narrative to the rigid and narrow thinking that IKDG and Harris’ other work espouses.
Last year Joshua Harris announced that he was leaving the ministry and going to seminary.