I know today is Monday, and should therefor be a musical post, but I wanted to post on this topic first while it was fresh on my mind, and I’ll post a belated Music Monday tomorrow (and it will be an artist that I would guess rather few of you will be familiar with).
Sometimes I just love PZ Myers…
So of course the first question that comes to mind, is why would the same fucktards who claim the inerrancy of the bible want to change it, well:
- Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
- Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, “gender inclusive” language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
- Not Dumbed Down: not dumbing down the reading level, or diluting the intellectual force and logic of Christianity; the NIV is written at only the 7th grade level
- Utilize Powerful Conservative Terms: using powerful new conservative terms as they develop; defective translations use the word “comrade” three times as often as “volunteer”; similarly, updating words which have a change in meaning, such as “word”, “peace”, and “miracle”.
The list continues, but as this clearly shows, it’s about making it more right wing. Not correcting historical errors, or theological flaws, or even translation mistakes, but making it more conservative.
So how will they “fix” the bible, you ask. Well, I am glad you asked:
Here are possible approaches to creating a conservative Bible translation:
- identify pro-liberal terms used in existing Bible translations, such as “government”, and suggest more accurate substitutes
- identify the omission of liberal terms for vices, such as “gambling”, and identify where they should be used
- identify conservative terms that are omitted from existing translations, and propose where they could improve the translation
- identify terms that have lost their original meaning, such as “word” in the beginning of the Gospel of John, and suggest replacements, such as “truth”
They do give a few example of the kind of thing that needs to be fixed, including:
The earliest, most authentic manuscripts lack this verse set forth at Luke 23:34:
- Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Is this a liberal corruption of the original? This does not appear in any other Gospel, and the simple fact is that some of the persecutors of Jesus did know what they were doing. This quotation is a favorite of liberals but should not appear in a conservative Bible.
The last thing I want to point out is that under the heading “Advantages to a Conservative Bible Online”, they list out 10 or so, including:
- liberal bias – and lack of authenticity – become easier to recognize and address
- supported by conservative principles, the project can be bolder in uprooting and excluding liberal distortions
- the project can adapt quickly to future threats from liberals to biblical integrity
- the ensuing debate would flesh out — and stop — the infiltration of churches by liberals pretending to be Christian, much as a vote by legislators exposes the liberals
- this would debunk the pervasive and hurtful myth that Jesus would be a political liberal today
Well, at least we know it’s not a partisan thing at all, right?