Monday, October 5, 2009

They no/know not what they do.

The Conservative Bible Project is hubris driven by fear and spite. Frank Shaeffer was right when he told Rachel Maddow, "You don’t work to move them off this position. You move past them. Look, a village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot. It’s as simple as that, and we have to understand: we have a village idiot in this country. It’s called fundamentalist Christianity." So check out the "guidelines" for this project. I'm calling it the gospel according to the village idiot. I'm praying for these people like I pray for all heretics.
  1. Framework against Liberal Bias: providing a strong framework that enables a thought-for-thought translation without corruption by liberal bias
  2. Not Emasculated: avoiding unisex, "gender inclusive" language, and other modern emasculation of Christianity
  3. 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
  4. 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".
  5. Combat Harmful Addiction: combating addiction by using modern terms for it, such as "gamble" rather than "cast lots"; using modern political terms, such as "register" rather than "enroll" for the census
  6. Accept the Logic of Hell: applying logic with its full force and effect, as in not denying or downplaying the very real existence of Hell or the Devil.
  7. Express Free Market Parables; explaining the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaningExclude Later-Inserted Liberal Passages: excluding the later-inserted liberal passages that are not authentic, such as the adulteress story
  8. Credit Open-Mindedness of Disciples: crediting open-mindedness, often found in youngsters like the eyewitnesses Mark and John, the authors of two of the Gospels
  9. Prefer Conciseness over Liberal Wordiness: preferring conciseness to the liberal style of high word-to-substance ratio; avoid compound negatives and unnecessary ambiguities; prefer concise, consistent use of the word "Lord" rather than "Jehovah" or "Yahweh" or "Lord God.

4 comments:

Ben Foxworth said...

When I was in Switzerland with a friend of mine, I spent a night at L'Abri, did I ever tell you that?

Email me. I've been listening to Gerry Rafferty again, City to City. ;) Long Live Horse Shoe, long live the Colonial Inn.

imjustsayin said...

You may be more convincing to a wider audience if you would avoid Ad-hominem. By the way...I would be interested in your definition of "heretic".

oldmiler said...

IJS,
I suppose I was more interested in letting the project speak for itself. That is why I posted it with little commentary or a line by line or paragraph by paragraph critique. I also suppose my "village idiot" remark was not needed. Please forgive the philosophical/rhetorical error.
As to my definition of "heretic" it seems I'm always saying something about heresy being the error made when one goes too far in avoiding or protecting just one of a set aspects in a theological claim. For instance, docetism's avoidance of suffering goes too far and renders incarnation unnecessry. Denying the incarnation is heresy.
CBP is not yet heretical just dangerous. Wiki's are moving targets and thus hard to refute. For now the project has all the pieces sufficient for heresy to occur, especially the sincerity of those involved.
We'll see. I will keep praying. Thanks for your comment.

Mr. Keen said...

I have a buddy who is on the committee that translates the NIV. I can assure you he would not use "7th Grade Language" concerning religious texts.