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Dr. Paul Owen: “The Need for a Church Bible”

January 22, 2008

Writing in the Evangelical Catholicity blog, Dr. Paul Owen has an essay titled The Need for a Church Bible that I certainly sympathize with quite a bit.  I suppose my own idea is that it would be much better for the common understanding of individual believers in a congregation for them all to be using one sound translation, rather than having a multitude of versions of varying reliability and differing translation philosophy.  That would also apply to the usage by parishes in a Church, for that matter.

That being said, I would also have to say that probably we will not see something like this proposal happen, unfortunately.  Perhaps some day we can at least see the various denominations agree to back one of the better versions as the common Bible–and my nomination for this would be the English Standard Version.

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