Thursday, August 14, 2008

Quote - Phillips on the Power of Scripture

From the introduction to his classic translation of the New Testament epistles (Letters to Young Churches, by J.B. Phillips):

The present translator who has closely studied these letters for several years is struck by... their surprising vitality. Without holding fundamentalist views on "inspiration", he is continually struck by the living quality of the material on which he is working. Some will, no doubt, consider it merely superstitious reverence for "Holy Writ", yet again and again the writer felt rather like an electrician rewiring an ancient house without being able to "turn the mains off". (pg. xii)

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