Should the Bible ever be updated?

So I received an interesting reply from a York County pastor today regarding the new Common English Bible. The pastor, who shall remain nameless, said that he is not a fan of any effort to “modernize” or otherwise update the Bible.

This clergyman favors the King James version, which by the way, celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.

But I digress. The Common English Bible was finished this summer after about four years of work by a team of researchers. It is attracting a lot of attention for its efforts to make the Bible more accessible. For example, in the new version, Jesus is no longer the “Son of Man.” He’s “the Human One.”

These and other changes have been written about in many places. Check out this story.

I have my own opinions here, but I am more interested in what do you think. Email me at or call me at 771-2024.

John Hilton

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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