Full-Page New York Times Ad Signed by Christian Leaders Across Denominations
Statement from R. Lamar Vest, president of American Bible Society, on New York Times Ad—“Burning the Qur'an Does Not Illuminate the Bible"
R. Lamar Vest, president of American Bible Society, issued the following statement about this weekend's full-page ad in Section A of The New York Times.
"Today's ad in The New York Times simply states that ‘burning the Qur'an does not illuminate the Bible.' I have signed my name to it along with many of today's most prominent Christian leaders from across denominations and traditions.
The intent of this ad is to communicate that the true biblical response to those of other faiths—or no faith—is respect and civility in religious discussions, disagreements and debates. Acts of hatred in the name of Christianity are antithetical to the good news of the Gospel so intrinsically expressed in the Bible.
American Bible Society works to make the Bible accessible to people of all faiths, no faith, and across the Christian faith so that people can engage with God's Word and experience its life-changing message. We are deeply encouraged to join with leaders across the whole of the Christian Church to make clear that we don't have to denigrate another religion's text to elevate our own.
Our hope and prayer is that Muslims and people of all faiths will understand that those who denigrate, defame or destroy the Qur'an do not represent a biblical worldview and do not speak for all Christians."
About American Bible Society:
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 194-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation's oldest nonprofit organizations, today's American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time.
Click the links below to download:
- PDF version of this statement
- PDF version of the ad
- Web-ready or high-res, downloadable graphic of the ad
Signers Featured on the Ad:
John R. Bryant, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Lamar Vest, American Bible Society
Anne Graham Lotz, AnGeL Ministries
Olof H. Scott, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Denver
Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami
Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York
Erwin Raphael McManus, Awaken Humanity/Mosaic
Steve Douglass, Campus Crusade for Christ
Arnie Cole, Center for Bible Engagement
Richard L. "Dick" Hamm, Christian Churches Together in the USA
David Neff, Christianity Today Media Group
Raymond F. Culpepper, Church of God International
Chuck Colson, Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America
Luis A. Cortes, Jr., Esperanza
James C. Dobson, Family Talk
Jim Daly, Focus on the Family
Archbishop Demetrios, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Leith Anderson, National Association of Evangelicals
Michael Kinnamon, National Council of Churches of Christ
Rob Hoskins, OneHope
Leonid Kishkovsky, Orthodox Church in America
Gabe Lyons, Q
Ravi Zacharias, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Christopher S. Webb, Renovaré
Bryant Wright, Southern Baptist Convention
T.D. Jakes, The Potter's House
Alistair Begg, Truth for Life
Larry M. Goodpaster, United Methodist Church
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops