Religion: The Bible, Re-Revised Version

Such is the prestige of the King James Bible that any later translations seem as absurd and outrageous as rewriting Shakespeare. Worse, in fact, for Shakespeare is mere literature, and to many millions of Protestant Americans the Bible is the Word of God.

This week a group of U.S. scholars, whose learning excludes them from suspicion of counterfeiting Revelation, brought out a Revised Standard Version of the New Testament.* Its appearance was timely, the translators felt, for "men need the Word of God in our time and hereafter as never before."

If the men of today failed to heed divine guidance, they could...

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