King James Autocorrect

Yesterday’s Speed Bump cartoon featured God using a phone with autocorrect, which kept “fixing” his King James English. The cartoon brings into focus a serious point – that people imagine God speaking with the language – and the concepts, and the morals, and much else in terms of baggage – that came with the texts and translations that influenced them. Hence the idea that God speaks in what is in fact merely typical English of the Elizabethan age.

Interestingly, Non Sequitur also had a cartoon yesterday featuring God:

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  • Pat68

    I saw Non-Sequitur’s comic yesterday and didn’t get it. Was it supposed to be along the same theme of God being auto-corrected?

    • andray68

      I interpreted it as God wants to guide us. How it relates to the auto correcting is we are trying to add our way of thinking, speaking, doing, rather than God’s way.

      • arcseconds

        I don’t think so. ‘What I really want to do is direct’ is a cliché from the movie industry (or possibly the theatre), and refers to directing a movie (or a play).

        So I think the idea here is that up until Genesis, God had been… I don’t know… playing the lead character with the angels? Anyway, by creating, he gets to get everything his way, like a movie director.

        • Pat68

          I would tend to agree with you, Arc. I don’t think the cartoonist was going for anything deeply spiritual.

        • Steven Pounders

          I’m a Theatre Arts professor. Arcseconds has it right, this is a theatre cliche: the moment an actor begins to shift his focus from the desire to participate in the art to the desire to control the art.

          Sometimes there is irony suggested behind the cliche: the real reason the actor wants to become a director, is that he’s losing his touch as a performer.

  • Janc

    I find that quite amusing …