It’s a project to retranslate the Bible. The King James, the New International, the Revised Standard, a dozen others — these aren’t good enough.
No, the Conservative Bible Project aims to produce a translation free of liberal bias. Among their aims is to promote free-market principles and eliminate the ideals of social justice. Among their benefits: “liberals will oppose this effort, but they will have to read the Bible to criticize this, and that will open their minds.”
I’ve seen friends and acquaintances online rant about this. From comments that the religious extreme has jumped the shark to a “How dare they?” commentary that I’ve seen has weighed pretty heavily against the Conservative Bible Project.
I have a completely different view.
It doesn’t fucking matter. Let some right-wing religious whack jobs waste the next ten years of their lives scrubbing the Bible of its “liberal bias.”
Ask yourself. Who is going to use the product the CBP produces?
Churches are conservative. A different kind of conservative. They’re institutional. They are slow to change. A few churches may adopt the Conservative Bible, but most, as in 97%-plus nationwide, won’t.
It’s going to mean that it’s up to the individual parishioner to buy a copy of the Conservative Bible translation. The question at that point is, how much does it actually get used.
Let a bunch of conservative scholars waste their time the next decade, stripping the liberal bias out of Christianity and Judaism’s holy books. It’s not liberal bias that will doom their project, it’s the institutional bias of organized religion. Let them waste their time.