Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Sink King James Only-ism with the Religious Right

Undermine the KJV's credibility by getting the New York Times and NPR to sing its praises.


d4v34x said...

Throw in the Association of Confessing Evangelicals for good measure.

d4v34x said...

er, Alliance rather.

Todd Wood said...

Thanks for the links, Ben. They are fascinating.

I have gathered a stack of books for my 2011 reading on the KJV.

I am a third of the way through the book, Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible by David Teems (Thomas Nelson, 2010)

Teems has a soft spot for King James' mother, and he doesn't like John Knox.

It is an interesting book.

Let me provide a colorful snippet on page 79 . . . an exchange between the preacher, James Gibson, and King James.

"James: What? Call ye me a persecutor?

Gibson: Yes, sir. So long as ye maintain the wicked Acts against God and the liberty of His Kirk, ye are a persecutor. Whosoever will intrude any tyranny upon the Kirk and maintain the same against the Word of God is a persecutor.

James: What is it that I maintain against the Word of God?

Gibson: The tyranny of bishops and absolute power.

"Gibson went on to say that he had preached before James in the past and was not reproved. To this, the mature king, not the boy, replied, 'I give not a turd for thy preaching.'

"Again, was it crude? Yes. Was it James? Every inch. Gibson was sent to prison.

The year 2011 will be quite a fun year for discussing the KJV.

Rob said...

Our pastor spoke about KJVO-ism the other night as part of Wednesday theology training, and the thing that instantly sinks the KJV is not necessarily the arguments about the Greek manuscripts and what not, but rather the fact that the English words have just changed so radically over the last 400 years that so many of them have completely different meanings today (such as the word "charity" used for agapē, which really isn't the right word to use anymore)