Caution don’t read that book! Say What?

I was over at Parchment & Pen (Michael Patton’s blog) and the comments got slightly off track I being part of the reason.  I don’t like doing that or when it happens so I wanted to move the discussion here.

They started talking about Grudem’s book being fair and balance, well I objected and said:

I find his position on Salvation highly Calvinistic, and barely makes a good argument for Arminism.

If I were new to the topic I would have walked away from his book thinking that Calvinism was the correct position, one would not walk away thinking otherwise. I don’t think that is being fair and balance of divergent positions.

I then stated that if you want to read a book that is fair and balance on various divergent books read Gregory Boyd’s book “Across the Spectrum, understanding issues in Evangelical Theology“.

Then a person responds to my post and says:

The only problem with Boyd’s book is that he is an admitted Open Theist. So I would urge caution in that respect alone.  (emphasis mine)

My partial response was: ..That is one of the most narrow minded remarks I have read at this blog in a long time…

First of all he thinks it’s a problem that Boyd is an open theist, and the second part which is what really bugged me, that one should take caution in not reading Boyd’s book just because he is an Open Theist.  I have had other reasons why I haven’t read much Boyd (I have read extensively at his blog/website), and none of them being because he is an Open Theist.

He continues with his line of reasoning:

I would just say that If you have not read Dr. Boyd’s books on Open Theism, I would suggest you do before recommending any of his other works.

Really?  The book that I recommended has no merit on it’s own?  Do I need to read every single book an author wrote before I can recommend one?  I was not recommending any of his other books I was recommending the one book I have read.  Why would I recommend books I have not read by any author?  Would I recommend Dr. Boyd’s books to others?  Sure I would.  Would I caution them?  No I would not.

Then someone else comments as says:

To me it only seems reasonable that when a book is recommended that is written by someone that it is not considered orthodox to “urge caution”.

Say what?  Does that seems reasonable?  Do these sorts of statements bother anyone else?  If they do share why, if they don’t then please help me out because I really have a hard time with these sorts of statements.

If you want to read the postings check them out here.  Scroll to the bottom and work your way up to you see my first post.