Culture At Large

Burning the Bible

Jerod Clark

A church in North Carolina is planning a Bible and book burning on Halloween.  If it's not the King James Version, into the flames it goes.  Any book written by Christian leaders they identify as heretics (Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, James Dobson, Charles Swindoll and others) are into the bonfire as well.  For good measure they're throwing in CD's considered to be Satan's music, including those by contemporary Christian artists.

Here's a news story about it.  (Thanks Tim Stevens for posting this.)

I initially hesitated in even posting about this church because I really don't think they deserve any sort of publicity, but I just can't get over the fact that a church would advocate the burning of Bibles.

The church is doing all of this because it believes the KJV is the only translation inspired by the word of God.  I like what Phil Cooke had to say when writing about this on his blog.  At one point in his career, he was doing a documentary on William Tyndale, the man who translated much of the Bible into modern English.  Cooke writes:

In the preface to that original KJV, the translators had an interesting note. Essentially they humbly said they had done the best job they could with the manuscripts available, but knew it fell short and hoped future translators would do a better job in the future. So I find it rather fascinating that the ORIGINAL TRANSLATORS of the KJV knew future translations would be a good thing, but now this very small group today thinks the KJV is the "only anointed and authorized" version available.  Amazing contradiction.

So what's your take on the Halloween Bible and book burning?

(Don't worry, if you can't make it to the event, they'll come to your house and pick up whatever you need burned.)


Topics: Culture At Large, Theology & The Church, The Bible, Faith, News & Politics, North America