[Linux4christians] Conservative Bible Project?
tbutler at ofb.biz
Tue Oct 6 00:06:58 EDT 2009
On Oct 5, 2009, at 10:49 PM, Fred A. Miller wrote:
> I told Linc that I find this idea interesting, and I do. I also am
> wondering why they think it's necessary. And, third, since I use the
> ESV more than any other for study, I'd like documentation that it's
> a "liberal" translation.
Indeed. I think the ESV is an accurate translation, by which I mean
it will probably make neither conservatives nor liberals entirely
happy, but it errs on the traditional side on places where it can do
so in good faith to the original text.
And, incidentally, I think "accurate" ought to be the goal of all
translations and what I was driving at in my first post. I don't want
a translation that affirms my conservative views just because I am
conservative. Nor do I want a Bible that affirms liberal views. I want
a Bible just as it is in reality: one that is uncomfortable to me
whether I am liberal or conservative, because God has critiques
aplenty for us on both sides of the aisle.
Obviously, I think the conservative side gets things right more
often, but the Bible also undeniably emphasizes critiques of the rich,
demand for care towards the poor and helpless, etc.
All that aside, the big thing that bothers me on this project is that
it listed several instances of Jesus forgiving people as "liberal" and
in need of removal. Now, maybe they are only going to go through and
remove those things that have text critical justification, but that
certainly isn't how they presented their plans... If they think that
the Bible doesn't teach forgiveness -- such as Jesus's forgiveness of
those who crucified him (right answer on who that would be is "us") --
the translators are preaching "another Gospel" with all that entails.
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