A Free Bible?

June 24, 2009

Scott Wells from boyinthebands.com and I have been having a discussion about Freedom and the Bible.  As Scott puts it:

A few months ago, “Demas” from “Live from Thessalonica”
blog and I began a correspondence on freedom
and the Bible. Not “Bible” in an an abstract or theologized
sense, but as a text which is printed, spoken, translated
and edited. Nor “freedom” from a theologized sense,
but directly related to the use of the text and how the text
may be shared or restricted, and what that says about
Christian community.

A few months ago, “Demas” from “Live from Thessalonica” blog and I began a correspondence on freedom and the Bible. Not “Bible” in an an abstract or theologized sense, but as a text which is printed, spoken, translated and edited. Nor “freedom” from a theologized sense, but directly related to the use of the text and how the text may be shared or restricted, and what that says about Christian community.

The Bible may be a shared resource of our religion, but (with the partial exception of the World English Bible) the available translations are either written in a language the age of which puts a barrier between a modern reader and the text, or are copyrighted and subject to the control and power of the copyright owner.

The first part is written up in the latest edition of The Liberal Christian – available now!  Check it out.

Thomas Nelson, “the world’s largest publisher of Bibles in English” now publish The American Patriot’s Bible:

American Patriot's Bible

THE ONE BIBLE THAT SHOWS HOW ‘A LIGHT FROM ABOVE’ SHAPED OUR NATION. Never has a version of the Bible targeted the spiritual needs of those who love our country more than The American Patriot’s Bible. This extremely unique Bible shows how the history of the United States connects the people and events of the Bible to our lives in a modern world. The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation’s history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.

Eeek.

More discussion here where Eugene Cho disapprovingly notes:

The Lord’s statement that Moses “is faithful in all My houses” (Num. 12:7) calls for a boxed quote from Grover Cleveland about how the teachings of Christ “results in the purest patriotism…”

Eeek.  Eeek.

HT: Better Bibles