I’m uneasy in general about the specialty Bible trend in Christian publishing. This extends even to specialty Bibles I might be inclined to agree with – for example the Green Bible, which prints in green ink some or all of the 1,000 passages in the Bible that refer to God’s care for creation, and which includes essays from writers and leaders I admire: Archbishop Tutu, N.T. Wright, and Wendell Berry.
But this new American Patriot’s Bible is too much. Larry Shallenberger, in his BWC blog post earlier this month, rightly suggested the idolatry of this book (for let’s not call it a “Bible”). The purpose of the book is not to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, nor to equip us for every good work; its purpose is to promote the myth of American exceptionalism and justify deeds (both past and present) that are hateful to God.
The publisher, Thomas Nelson, has released a couple “trailers” for the American Patriot’s Bible. (I am frankly – and perhaps naively – disappointed in Thomas Nelson, which has published at least four books we like at the Burnside Writers Collective.) In addition to the video posted above, you can watch a nine minute promo here.… Read the rest