[sword-devel] Copyrighting The Bible?
Tue, 28 Aug 2001 21:24:02 -0400
To back up Don Elbourne's comment regarding Dr. Virginia Mollenkott,
let me quote Dr. Kenneth Barker, Executive Director of the NIV
It has come to my attention that false rumors are circulating, in
both oral and written form, that the NIV is soft on sodomy (that
is, homosexual sins). The alleged reason for this is that some
NIV translators and editors were homosexuals or lesbians. These
charges have no basis in fact. Thus they are simply untrue. And
those who make such false charges could be legitimately sued for
libel, slander, and defamation of character.
Here are the facts. It is true that in the earliest stages of
translation work on the NIV (in the late 1960s and early 1970s),
Virginia Mollenkott was consulted briefly and only in a minor way
on matters of English style. At that time she had the reputation
of being a committed evangelical Christian with expertise in
contemporary English idiom and usage. Nothing was known of her
Those did not begin to surface until years later in some of her
writings. If we had known in the sixties what became public
knowledge only years later, we would not have consulted her at
all. But it must be stressed that she did not influence the NIV
translators and editors in any of their final decisions.
"The first one last wins."
"A net of highly cohesive details reveals the truth."