August 14, 2005

This Post is Old!

The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

The Cotton Patch Bible, Online

I first heard of The Cotton Patch Bible years ago from a pastor who found it most entertaining, but I had never been able to look at it until today. Better Bibles Blog has a link to where the Cotton Patch Bible is now available online! For those of you who are not familiar with it, the Cotton Patch Bible is a paraphrase written in Souther (US) English vernacular. Jerusalem has been replaced by Atlanta, Bethlehem by Gainesville, GA. Tons of fun. Enjoy!

Posted by Kenny at August 14, 2005 3:05 PM
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Hey Kenny,

I heard about this "Bible" from my dad who had read a copy of it while he was in seminary in Jackson, MS back in the 60s. He remembered the "Good Samaratian" story from Luke 10:25 where the "Adult Bible Teacher" starts to refer to the renamed Samaratian as a "nigger" to the Lord and then catches himself. I did an internet search some years ago for this title and came up empty. Surprised to see that it's finally showing up online.

Being a Southern, and knowing about "racial" tensions (I hate the term "race" - I don't think that it's a Biblical concept) I'm not sure they should have substituted a black person for a Samaratian - who were half-Jews. JMO.

I haven't read any more of it than this. I don't know why anyone would? Maybe to reach illiterate racist prisoners...?

Posted by: VERITAS at March 20, 2008 8:12 PM

As far as I'm concerned, it's mostly just for fun. I haven't read much of it. Then again, retelling stories like this certainly has the potential to change how we look at ourselves. Life application can be a challenge across 2000 years, but if you look closely things really aren't any different than today.

Your point about the Samaritans may be a good one. I'm sure that somewhere in American slang there must be a derogatory term for racially mixed people, which might be more appropriate.

Posted by: Kenny at March 20, 2008 9:30 PM

I'd love to read your version of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 25-37

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