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Bastardizing the Bible

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 29, 2008 | 5:00 pm

Forget a red-letter text, HarperOne has developed an eco-friendly Bible of soy-based ink printed on recycled paper. “Over 1,000 verses that highlight the importance of the planet and the environment are highlighted in,” Gary Stern informs, “you guessed it, green.”

This appears to be different than thegreenbible.org and is, in my opinion, the equivalent of ministers poaching portions of the Bible for making moral arguments never intended by the author—God. No doubt we are stewards of God’s creation, and we have a responsibility to protect and celebrate nature, in which we see God’s glory. But what is indirectly de-emphasized in a Bible that highlights just the environmentally aware passages?

I wish it weren’t true, but it’s pretty difficult to argue now that “green” isn’t the new Pink.

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