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Christian apologist confesses inappropriate behavior

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/07/18, 01:49 pm

Larry Taunton, a Christian apologist and founder of the Fixed Point Foundation, addressed accusations of marital infidelity in a statement posted online Wednesday. “Last autumn I confessed to my wife, family, and the board of Fixed Point Foundation that I had engaged in inappropriate (consensual) behavior outside the bonds of my marriage some time ago,” Taunton wrote. “I resigned as the executive director of Fixed Point and have been in marriage and personal counseling as I seek healing and the forgiveness of those I have hurt.” AL.com reported that Taunton had affairs with two young women on staff at Fixed Point, but Taunton did not address that specific accusation in his statement. Fixed Point is known for organizing debates between Christian and non-Christian thinkers. In his 2016 book, The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist, Taunton chronicled his relationship with Hitchens, which developed after the two debated each other. Taunton resigned from the foundation in late 2017, citing exhaustion and difficulty recovering from a serious cycling accident in 2015, according to AL.com.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Tom Schenk
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 02:46 pm

    Praying for rest, recuperation, and restoration in Christ. 

  • ProLifePat
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 05:26 pm

    I have no stones to throw. 

    Yet I am saddened. 

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    Deb O
    Posted: Wed, 02/07/2018 06:33 pm

    Yes, it can be exhausting keeping all those lies. Thankfully there is rest in Christ.

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 07:49 am

    God grant us grace both to forgive Mr. Taunton and his accomplices and respond with love to those who will mercilessly taunt.

  • Nate T
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 12:07 pm

    Very sad, I remember hearing him interviewed on Listening In. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 03:23 pm

    I’m certain that Satan brings extreme temptation to those like Mr. Taunton who achieve some prominence in representing the Lord. 

    We need to pray for our leaders. 

  • Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sun, 02/18/2018 06:02 pm

    Observe, and consider:

    Not, "I do not recall it the way she does."

    Not, "She is a low-class person."

    Not, "It happened so long ago that it does not matter."

    But, "I did it, I am sorry, and please pray for the people that I hurt."

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