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February 11, 2009

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization is – you guessed it – too Christian!

Filed under: Christianity,The fall of the West — David Jenkins @ 10:29 am
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Wiley-Blackwell, a major academic press, was set to release its four-volume Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization this month. According to the encyclopedia’s editor, George Thomas Kurian, the set had been copy-edited, fact-checked, proofread, publisher-approved, printed, bound, and formally launched (to high praise) at the recent American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature conference. But protests from a small group of scholars associated with the project have led the press to postpone publication, recall all copies already distributed, and destroy the existing print run. The scholars’ complaint? The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, they have reportedly argued, is “too Christian.” “They also object to historical references to the persecution and massacres of Christians by Muslims,” Kurian says, “but at the same time want references favorable to Islam.”

[The] “words or passages [the critics] want deleted” include “Antichrist,” “BC/AD (as chronological markers),” “Virgin Birth,” “Resurrection,” and “Evangelism.” “To make the treatment ‘more balanced,'” the memo says, the critics “also want the insertion of material denigrating Christianity in some form or fashion.”

This should surprise no-one, I suppose. After all, the Christian church itself – in the spirit of gnawing off its own leg to see how it feels – in the RSV translation of the bible changed “Behold, the virgin shall conceive” to “Behold, a young woman shall conceive” Isaiah 7:14.


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  1. […] The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization is – you guessed it – too Christian! Filed under: Christianity, The fall of the West — David @ 10:29 am Tags: Christianity, The fall of the West […]

    Pingback by Too White NOW Too Christian….Deny Christian persecution by muslims Insert Favourable ref to islam……….Insert and denigrate Christianity……Want more Proof? « Centurean2’s Weblog — February 12, 2009 @ 6:26 am

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