The Bible: The book that Southern Baptists have now banned
The Bible: The book that Southern Baptists have now banned

Despite the fact that the 2011 New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible got rid of more than a quarter of its gender-neutral language, bowing to the reactionary response by ultra-conservative  Christians to the earlier gender-neutral TNIV…

… and despite the fact that the changes to the NIV 2011 typically involve being less inclusive whenever gender inclusivity would risk ‘tainting’ Jesus with feminine bits

… and despite the fact that the NIV 2011 still includes many apologetically-driven translations which attempt to smooth over the errors and contradictions in the Bible (as in 2 Samuel 21.19 on Goliath) …

the 2011 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (14-15 June) declared that gender-inclusive language was simply “inaccurate” on the basis that the explicit inclusion of women “changes the meaning” of the original text, recommended that it should not be used by anybody in “the Christian community”, and called for the Bible to be banned from sale in Lifeway Christian Stores, one of the largest Christian bookstore chains in the South.

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