Let’s face it, because they wanted to pander to Mark Driscoll. That’s the only reason. Patheos can say what it wants, the facts are that Throckmorton has been relentless in exposing Driscoll’s hypocrisy and evil and Patheos recently signed the heretic so Throckmorton has to go.
If Christians were ethical none of them would allow Patheos to host their blogs.
Last Tuesday, Warren Throckmorton announced that his blog had been abruptly removed from Patheos.
Dr. Throckmorton is a longtime Patheos blogger, and it was there that he wrote important posts about the scandals involving Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church, K.P. Yohannan, and Gospel for Asia. Driscoll and Yohannan both have blogs that continue to be hosted by Patheos.
In place of Dr. Throckmorton’s blog, Patheos now serves up a 410 error code, which means that “the resource requested is no longer available and will not be available again. This should be used when a resource has been intentionally removed and the resource should be purged.”
The only reason Dr. Throckmorton was given for this action was that his blog no longer meets the “strategic objectives” of Patheos. In an email subsequently sent out to some Patheos bloggers, Director of Content Phil Fox Rose says that “We’re sorry the lack of details allows for speculation,” but fails to offer any details that might end such speculation, other than that Dr. Throckmorton did not meet their “expectations.”
Patheos is a private company and is free to choose who they want to host on their site. But it’s not difficult to discover why Dr. Throckmorton’s relentless reporting on the scandals of evangelicalism didn’t fit the ideology (or the “strategic objectives”) of the owners of Patheos.
Again, if I were on Patheos I would leave immediately. They can have the heretic Driscoll. But they can’t have ethical Disciples of the Crucified.