Religion: A Plowman's Bible?

Like many another evangelical Christian, Kenneth Taylor liked to gather his family round him after dinner in their Wheaton, Ill., farmhouse for evening prayer and a bit of Bible reading. The trouble was, Taylor observed some years ago, that his children could not quickly grasp the archaic English of the King James Bible. An ordained minister who was then director of the fundamentalist Moody Press in Chicago, Taylor decided to try paraphrasing the Scriptures for his youngsters—an experiment to which the children—then numbering nine—quickly responded.

Now, after 17 years and one more child, that family paraphrase has grown into perhaps the world's...

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