The month of May marks 400 years since the publication of the King James Version of the Bible. The most published book in history, the KJV was once widely read in public schools around the nation. However, in 1872 that trend was reversed by the Ohio Supreme Court in Minor v. Board of Education of Cincinnati which addressed what was called at the time, the “Cincinnati Bible Wars.” In 1869, the Cincinnati Board of Education voted to remove the KJV from the public schools, sparking angry protests and petition drives locally and news interest from coast to coast. Initially, the removal of the KJV was proposed to attract Catholic families who were troubled by readings of the Protestant KJV.
However, the case soon became a dispute about the role of religion generally in the public schools. Proponents of the Bible argued that America was a Christian nation with the Bible as the foundation. Opponents argued that the mandatory Bible reading of the KJV unconstitutionally privileged Protestant Christianity.
Modern day proponents of America as a Christian nation, such as Wallbuilder’s David Barton and the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer have proposed that the First Amendment to the Constitution was meant to prevent the nation from establishing a denomination of Christianity as a national religion but was not meant to address the religious freedom of non-Christian religions. To be sure, at the time, there were those who wanted an explicitly Christian nation. However, as adopted the First Amendment would collapse into contradiction if Barton’s and Fischer’s views were accurate. more >>
WASHINGTON – America could produce the antichrist in the 21st century through the mixing of greed, power, and economic problems if the church fails to step in to guide people, said a leading international Christian scholar on Monday.
"If America does not return to the Bible as the cultural authority – having influence over the Congress, over the courts, over the universities – if that does not happen, then the antichrist in the 21st century will come from America," said Vishal Mangalwadi, referred to as "India's foremost Christian intellectual" by Christianity Today, in a lecture to commemorate the King James Bible's 400th anniversary.
Mangalwadi, speaking at the King James Bible Expo 2011 at George Washington University, pointed out that the antichrist of the 20th century came from Germany – the first Protestant nation – in the form of the Nazi. more >>
Silence hovered over London’s deserted, misty streets. Neighborhood residents burrowed deep in their beds enjoying the luxury of the last hour before dawn, unaware of the furious activity a few doors down the street. Inside Northumberland House, typesetters loaded presses while members of the printers’ guild turned the huge handles that pressed plates and paper to the inked typesets. As sheets came off the printing presses, large folio pages were quickly hung to dry on ropes stretched from wall to wall.
Like most citizens enmeshed in the activities of daily life, London residents were unconcerned about the king’s printing project. Over the next four centuries, however, nearly every household in the English-speaking world came to possess a copy of this printed book. (A Visual History of the King James Bible, Baker Books a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2011, 161)
Today children memorize it; pastors quote it at weddings and cite it at funerals; its words resound from pulpits on a global scale. Presidents swear their allegiance on it, and courts use it as the standard for truthfulness. more >>
The King James Version of the Bible officially turns 400 years old on Monday after months of celebration worldwide leading up to the day.
Everyone from Prince Charles of England, who read a passage from the KJV for the “YouTube Bible,” to stalwart atheist Christopher Hitchens, have participated in the 400th anniversary of the Bible translation that is not only respected as a religious text but also as a literary masterpiece.
"Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something 'timeless' in the Tyndale/King James synthesis," admitted Hitchens in his commentary featured in Vanity Fair. "For generations, it provided a common stock of references and allusions, rivaled only by Shakespeare in this respect.” more >>
For 400 seconds, people from around the world will connect with each other as they read the entire King James Bible in unison.
In honor of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, YouVersion has challenged people all over the world to read the Bible during a six-minute-and-40-second time-frame collectively starting at 12 p.m. ET on May 2.
“We were looking for a way we could celebrate the 400th anniversary, in a way we could engage people in the Bible. So we came up with this idea to have our community participate in an event that would give people the opportunity to read the King James Bible collectively in 400 seconds,” Bobby Grunewald, innovation leader at Lifechurch.tv, which created YouVersion, shared with The Christian Post. more >>
He rode with Indiana Jones and battled next to Frodo, now award-winning actor John Rhys-Davies rides along the corridors of history teaching us what the King James Version Bible battled before reaching the homes of millions of people today.
Rhys-Davies, who plays the dwarf Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, explained to The Christian Post his personal appreciation and relationship with the KJV Bible after working on the docudrama, “KJB: The Book that Changed the World.”
While working as the host for the film, now available on DVD, Rhys-Davies became aware of many unanswered questions in his life, such as “What do I really believe? What are my real core values and understanding?” more >>