Friday, 25 June 2004

Good as New causes blogriot

Not sure how to categorise this item.

This week, The Times ran a story by Ruth Gledhill St Paul urges more copulation for couples in sexed-up Bible. A follow-up story appeared on the Ekklesia website Radical new translation makes Bible accessible to unchurched and on the BBC Canterbury backs updated Bible.

The Times article was picked up on titusonenine and reported here verbatim. This provoked an amazing 200+ comments in 2 days from outraged readers. So much so that Kendall Harmon contacted Lambeth Palace himself and reported further which so far has generated another 50 comments so far.

MCJ reported it this way and on the Free Republic site it generated three threads with 142 comments , 89 comments and 49 comments so far.

At first some of those commenting thought it simply must be a hoax. But then they found the book was on sale at CHP Bookshop and the publisher’s own website and even the publisher’s official registration with the Charity Commissioners. And they found that Rowan had previously endorsed another book by the same author. So they realized it was for real.

The expressions of outrage continue. But, so far as I can determine, mostly in America. Not in the British newspapers certainly, not even in The Times where this one letter did appear.

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Having only read the snippets in the linked articles, I really can’t comment on the quality of this translation. However, I’ll certainly go along with the part that has “St Paul advising Christians not to go without sex for too long in case they get “frustrated”.” ;)

Besides, anything that gets Kendall and his titusonenine crowd this worked up has to have its good point!

Posted by: David Huff at June 26, 2004 12:00 AM

“Not sure how to categorise this item.” I am still not either, but I called Lambeth Palace and tried.

Posted by: Kendall Harmon at June 26, 2004 01:00 AM

Blogriot indeed…! And from all over the theological spectrum…

Worldmag blog chalked up 65 comments to date

Mark Shea merely got 37 — pretty low for some of his posts

One commenter explained the phenomenon as being like the morbid curiousity that causes us to rubberneck and look at the carnage from an accident. The comments got pretty addicting — seeing who could come up with the most witty ways of describing this “Bible” (my favorite was the MPSV — or “Monty Python Standard Version”) or attempting to out-do the “translators” at their work.

See Doug LeBlanc here

And then of course there was the constant speculation of whether it was a hoax that prompted all sorts of Google detective work and gave the comments an air of “breathless” reporting.

If it weren’t such a serious issue calling into question Rowan Williams’ judgment, leadership & theology, I would have otherwise had to say it was just plain good fun… but in truth I don’t know what to make of this.

Posted by: Karen B. at June 26, 2004 08:36 AM