Let the Bible elevate your mind

Holy Bible

There's a conversation running right now on the relative value of certain Bible translations.Depending on who's talking and for what purpose, it might strike some as tedious. I happen to enjoy the discussion, and I think there's one strain that's worthy of consideration for those interested in how language might affect their spirituality.In discussing the recent republication of the Knox Bible, a mid-twentieth century translation, Michael Brendan Dougherty mentions one "fatal" flaw, the … [Read more...]

To see and know, first obey

To see and know, first obey

In C.S. Lewis's Narnia novel, Prince Caspian, the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, are lost. Walking through the woods, they cannot make their way safely and are uncertain about the right course.Lucy catches a glimpse of the great lion Aslan and knows that they should walk toward where she spotted him. The others disbelieve, however, and think they have a better idea. They don't and after going their own way nearly get killed. Aslan appears again and directs Lucy to … [Read more...]

Impact of the King James Bible

King James Bible

Novelist John Updike once called the King James Bible “our language’s lone masterpiece produced by committee.” He said that in a New Yorker review of Robert Alter’s translation of the Pentateuch—The Five Books of Moses.Well, Alter now has a new book about the King James Bible and its influence on the style of six American novelists: Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Marilynne Robinson, and Cormac McCarthy. It’s called Pen of Iron, a title taken from Jeremiah 1 … [Read more...]

Jesus, we hardly knew thee?

'Misquoting Truth'

Since the publication of Dan Brown's spiritual thriller The Da Vinci Code popular buzz about alternative Christianities has been relentless. Otherwise dry bibilical scholars have seen miracles -- such as their tombly academic tomes climbing the bestseller lists. That's what happened to Bart D. Ehrman and his 2005 book Misquoting Jesus, which has sold more than 160,000 copies to date.Ehrman argues that New Testament documents are error-ridden to the point of unreliability and that one early Chri … [Read more...]