Do the moral failings of a theologian–or a pastor, a scholar, an artist, or a statesman–invalidate what he or she says? Today authors of all sorts, especially those of the past, face cancellation for their retrograde beliefs and bad behavior.
Thomas Jefferson, for example, wrote eloquently about how “all men are created equal and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.” And yet, he owned and exploited slaves. He didn’t seem to practice his own stated beliefs. Shall we dismiss the words of the Declaration of Independence because they were written by a hypocrite?