Friday, October 22, 2004

First Things and Good as New [?]

The November First Things is out, which means the October issue is now completely available online here.

In Richard Neuhaus' Public Square section, he mentions the new "translation" of the Bible, the Good as New by
John Henson of One, an organization dedicated to "establishing peace, justice, dignity, and rights for all," along with the "sustainable use of earth's resources," and to challenging "oppression, injustice, exclusion, and discrimination" while accepting "one another, valuing their diversity and experience."

And he contrasts some passages with the same passages from the Revised Standard Version. Here's a couple beginning with 1 Corinthians 7:

"To the unmarried and the widows, I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion." Good as New: "If you know you have strong needs, get yourself a partner. Better than being frustrated."

Mark 1 in the Revised Standard Version (RSV): "And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, 'You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.'" Good as New: "As he was climbing up the bank again, the sun shone through a gap in the clouds. At the same time a pigeon flew down and perched on him. Jesus took this as a sign that God's spirit was with him. A voice from overhead was heard saying, 'That's my boy! You?re doing fine!'"