Jonathan Merritt and the ethics of "outing"
A few weeks after the interview was recorded, Jonathan found himself embroiled in a public controversy about his own personal life, when a gay Christian blogger called Azariah Southworth revealed that he'd had a sexual encounter with him. Azariah Southworth's decision to "out" Jonathan Merritt appears to have been prompted by Jonathan's recent public comments on the same-sex marriage debate.
Jonathan subsequently gave an interview with Ed Stetzer, a Southern Baptist blogger, in which he confirmed that he and Azariah had had "physical contact that went beyond the bounds of friendship".
And Azariah Southworth has been explaining his decision to out Jonathan Merritt in a podcast interview with Peterson Toscano and Zack Ford.
Read more about the background to this story here.
In this week's Everyday Ethics podcast, I speak to Peterson Toscano about the personal dilemma now facing Jonathan Merritt (spool through to 19mins for both interviews)
You can also hear my interview with Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary (at 10.00 mins)