Sunday, February 05, 2006

American Evangelicalism has issues (True Images Bible)

Forgive me for posting what may be old news to most of you, but I just stumbled across the "True Images Bible" in a WorldNetDaily article and found it unbelievable. The article begins, "A Bible created especially for girls age 13-16 that includes profiles of fictional teenagers discussing oral sex, lesbianism and "dream" guys is drawing sharp criticism from some Christian parents who say such material should not appear alongside Scripture." Although I would probably not express my concerns along these exact lines, I found the article describing this "Bible" incredible. Here are a couple paragraphs from the article:
"In putting 'True Images' together, our guiding principle was to be as edgy as the Bible is and no more," Cameron Conant, Zondervan's public relations manager for Bibles, told WorldNetDaily. "We've forgotten that the Bible is filled with sex and violence, and God's redemptive role in the lives of sinful people. The Bible itself is a pretty provocative book."

Zondervan worked with the Livingstone Corporation, a Bible content developer that has worked on many study Bibles, to put together the publication. Conant explained that Livingstone did extensive research on 13 to 16-year-old girls to identify the main issues of concern to them.

"Again and again and again, the issues that repeatedly came up were a lot of issues related to sex," he said. "Today's teens are just bombarded with … highly suggestive, highly sexual media messages every day."
If anyone can tell me how Christianity has sunk to these levels, I would really appreciate it.

11 Comments:

Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

This AWANA High School Curriculum Sample bears striking similarities to the Biblezene, doesn't it?

2/06/2006 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

Wow! I guess studying Romans IS fun! This is like going to the movies!

2/06/2006 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

Better to have a millstone around one's neck and be cast into the depths of the sea, than to entice our children to delight in the such profanity.

There is much to answer for.

2/06/2006 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

God obviously did not take "funness" into great enough account when he inspired the Scriptures, because we have to help him out so much in this regard.

2/06/2006 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

This awana biblestudy reminds me of a camp I went to in jr high where we sang this rockin' song...

"Romans! (echo) Eooow!
Fifteen! Eooooww!
Nineteen Says! Eoooww! Eooow!"

(REAPEAT)

Talk about edifying.

I faked being sick so that I could go home on the 2nd day. I'm not kidding. I hate myself for it, but it was the easy way out at the time.

2/06/2006 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

by the way, I have no idea if that is the verse the song was talking about. It obviously left an indelible impression on me.

2/06/2006 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Unk said...

lilrabbi - that bit about faking sickness will prove useful . . .

2/07/2006 06:54:00 AM  
Blogger Bob M said...

Unk, you can use that when they ask you some hard question in your thesis defense. "All of a sudden, I am feeling really sick."

2/07/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Matt & Nicki said...

I know you probably never expected to hear from me on this blog, but I often enjoy reading your blogs on fundamentalism/etc. I thought I'd drop a note on this Bible thing. Actually it has nothing to do with this Bible, but rather with a new low for "Christianity." I'm not sure if you've heard, but a protestant German youth group is putting out a calendar featuring erotic scenes from the Bible with full-blown nudity. I personally am not surprised, as we have taken everything else the world has don and used it for our own personal "worship." Thanks for the blog. I truly enjoy it.

2/07/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

The hits just keep on coming. Thanks for sharing Matthew. Nothing surprises me any more. Your topic sounds like a new series: "German evangelicalism has issues."

2/07/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

Unk. You're weird.

2/07/2006 10:03:00 PM  

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Sunday, February 05, 2006

American Evangelicalism has issues (True Images Bible)

Forgive me for posting what may be old news to most of you, but I just stumbled across the "True Images Bible" in a WorldNetDaily article and found it unbelievable. The article begins, "A Bible created especially for girls age 13-16 that includes profiles of fictional teenagers discussing oral sex, lesbianism and "dream" guys is drawing sharp criticism from some Christian parents who say such material should not appear alongside Scripture." Although I would probably not express my concerns along these exact lines, I found the article describing this "Bible" incredible. Here are a couple paragraphs from the article:
"In putting 'True Images' together, our guiding principle was to be as edgy as the Bible is and no more," Cameron Conant, Zondervan's public relations manager for Bibles, told WorldNetDaily. "We've forgotten that the Bible is filled with sex and violence, and God's redemptive role in the lives of sinful people. The Bible itself is a pretty provocative book."

Zondervan worked with the Livingstone Corporation, a Bible content developer that has worked on many study Bibles, to put together the publication. Conant explained that Livingstone did extensive research on 13 to 16-year-old girls to identify the main issues of concern to them.

"Again and again and again, the issues that repeatedly came up were a lot of issues related to sex," he said. "Today's teens are just bombarded with … highly suggestive, highly sexual media messages every day."
If anyone can tell me how Christianity has sunk to these levels, I would really appreciate it.

11 Comments:

Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

This AWANA High School Curriculum Sample bears striking similarities to the Biblezene, doesn't it?

2/06/2006 09:36:00 AM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

Wow! I guess studying Romans IS fun! This is like going to the movies!

2/06/2006 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

Better to have a millstone around one's neck and be cast into the depths of the sea, than to entice our children to delight in the such profanity.

There is much to answer for.

2/06/2006 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

God obviously did not take "funness" into great enough account when he inspired the Scriptures, because we have to help him out so much in this regard.

2/06/2006 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

This awana biblestudy reminds me of a camp I went to in jr high where we sang this rockin' song...

"Romans! (echo) Eooow!
Fifteen! Eooooww!
Nineteen Says! Eoooww! Eooow!"

(REAPEAT)

Talk about edifying.

I faked being sick so that I could go home on the 2nd day. I'm not kidding. I hate myself for it, but it was the easy way out at the time.

2/06/2006 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

by the way, I have no idea if that is the verse the song was talking about. It obviously left an indelible impression on me.

2/06/2006 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Unk said...

lilrabbi - that bit about faking sickness will prove useful . . .

2/07/2006 06:54:00 AM  
Blogger Bob M said...

Unk, you can use that when they ask you some hard question in your thesis defense. "All of a sudden, I am feeling really sick."

2/07/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger Matt & Nicki said...

I know you probably never expected to hear from me on this blog, but I often enjoy reading your blogs on fundamentalism/etc. I thought I'd drop a note on this Bible thing. Actually it has nothing to do with this Bible, but rather with a new low for "Christianity." I'm not sure if you've heard, but a protestant German youth group is putting out a calendar featuring erotic scenes from the Bible with full-blown nudity. I personally am not surprised, as we have taken everything else the world has don and used it for our own personal "worship." Thanks for the blog. I truly enjoy it.

2/07/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

The hits just keep on coming. Thanks for sharing Matthew. Nothing surprises me any more. Your topic sounds like a new series: "German evangelicalism has issues."

2/07/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

Unk. You're weird.

2/07/2006 10:03:00 PM  

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