Summary: A river of new “easy to read” Bibles has poured from the presses over the past 50 years and yet biblical literacy has diminished dramatically during this time.
A river of new “easy to read” Bibles has poured from the presses over the past 50 years and yet biblical literacy has diminished dramatically during this time. A recent article observed: “According to estimates, never have so many Bibles been published and distributed, yet never has biblical literacy been so low. (Americans know the names of the four Beatles better than the four Gospels and more about the ingredients of a Big Mac than the Ten Commandments.) Gone are the days when Scripture--namely the King James Version--supplied a common vocabulary for daily speech, public morality and national literature. Today, hundreds of colorful translations and editions feed the market (a $600 million business, some say)...” (“Bible Would Still Be Life Guide Today If People Actually Read It,” The Tennessean, Oct. 6, 2007). The multiplication of “easy to read” Bibles has been accompanied by the rise of the “seeker friendly” church philosophy, but the result has been a decrease in church attendance and Bible reading. When the old “antiquated” King James Bible was the standard and when the churches were “old-fashioned” and conservative in their approach to evangelism and worship, the effect on society was much greater. “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:16).