Friday, October 9, 2009

The Word of God is the Word of God not a project of conservatism

I think I did notice this mentioned elsewhere (it was here) but my attention has been drawn this morning by world renowned economist Paul Krugman to an [insert your exclamatory adjective here] project of conservatives associated with Conservapedia to produce a conservative version of the Bible.

It's hard to know where to begin critiquing a project that has a problem with,

'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing' (Luke 23:34),

and with,

'shrewdly' as a description of the Dishonest Steward in Luke 16:8,

to say nothing of the absence or negligence of the conservative word 'volunteer', which is found, we are told, 'only once' in the ESV (widely viewed as one of the most conservative translations currently available).

There is a lot more which is disastrously wrong with this project. In fact there is so much wrong with it that my hunch is that this is a spoof - inserted by liberals naturally :)

Anyway, that's why theologians should read economists - its a reliable way to keep up with key developments in the world of Bible translation!!

POSTSCRIPT: I now realize that this farcical version of the Bible could be a project of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, for in one instance they are trying to rewrite history and in another they are trying to write the future!


Anonymous said...

Peter, the mind boggles ... I can only assume that the project is driven by cranks.

I was particularly amused with the idea of "explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning" ... Nothing quite like searching Scripture in order to reinforce our prejudices rather than having Scripture challenge us.

Doug Chaplin said...

Sorry to see you haven't read my blog in over a week :)