We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Green Bible

Why is it that everyone with an agenda to push comes out with another “study Bible”?

This time we have The Green Bible, published by that bastion of theological soundness, Harper-Collins. That’s right, a Bible for enviro-wackos. This one is endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society and the ever-liberal Council of Churches. As a subtitle, it says, “Understand the Bible’s Powerful Message for the Earth.” The ecumenical and emergent nature of this “study Bible” should be the first red flag.

The back cover proclaims: The Green Bible will equip and encourage you to see God's vision for creation and help you engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. This first Bible of its kind includes inspirational essays from key leaders such as N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Brian McLaren, Matthew Sleeth, Pope John Paul II, and Wendell Berry. As you read the scriptures anew, The Green Bible will help you see that caring for the earth is not only a calling, but a lifestyle.”

Below that is this citation: “The abuse of nature and mistreatment of its invaluable resources are tantamount to sin. May The Green Bible offer opportunity for a new beginning and repentance of our past ways.” His All Holiness Ecumenical, Patriarch Bartholomew.

The text is the NRSV Bible. The forward is by Desmond Tutu. And you’ve got to know that this is a “Green-letter edition - over 1,000 verses highlighted.” Other features advertised on the cover are:
“Green topical index and Green Bible Trail Guide for further study.”
“Inspirational essays by scholars and leaders.”
“Environmentally friendly - cotton/linen cover, recycled paper, soy-based ink, and water-based coating.”

And of course there is “An appendix with information on further reading, how to get involved, and practical steps to take.”

You can go to http://browseinside.harpercollins.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061627996 and browse through parts of the Bible to see all the green-lettered areas displayed. You’ll even get to watch a short video promotion. They even have a separate site promoting this monstrosity: http://www.greenletterbible.com/ with the same video in a bit larger format. From this site you will learn, The Green Bible is the definitive movement Bible that shows that God is green and how we can care for and protect God's creation.”

Okay, let’s get one thing straight here. A Christian should be concerned about the environment because God has made man the steward of the earth. But do we really need another agenda-oriented Bible to tell us this?

Satan is no dummy; he has misused God’s Word from the beginning to further his own agendas. This is just another tactic to worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator. (Rom. 1:25)

5 comments:

4simpsons said...

Well said. Anything to make a buck, I suppose.

Maybe they'll print a "repent and believe" Bible someday!

Anonymous said...

my goodness--anything for a buck! What will it be next?

Marie said...

But the pages use vegetable dye on recycled paper, Glenn.

LOL!

Actually, to give credit where credit is due, CT published a rather critical article on this particular piece of nonsense in last month's issue. See here: http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/2009/february/19.28.html

Unfortunately, the book section in the same issue was promoting the usual contemplative drivel....

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Wow, that was a half-way decent article for Christianity Astray to do!

Marie said...

The one on "Marketing Jesus" from the previous month's issue was pretty good, too.

This month's cover story is on depression. I haven't made time to read it yet, because I just KNOW KNOW KNOW they're gonna quote some integrationist clap-trap from the psych field to make my blood pressure go up. Those types of discussions usually come down to: "Well the Bible is fine; but it can't be expected to address all of our 'problems' and 'needs' today."

I'm reading Ed Welch at the moment. Good stuff.

Back to the Green Bible: I wonder how many trees were killed in the marketing of this pseudo-spiritual nonsense?