Thursday, 25 August 2011
Communicating not covering up, the Gospel
"Dear Mr Phillips, hank you a hundred times. I thought I knew Colossians pretty well but your paraphrase made it far more significant - it was like seeing a familiar picture after it's been cleaned....I hope very much you will carry on your plan doing all the epistles. Of course you'll be opposed tooth and nail by all the "cultured" asses who say you're spoiling "the beauty" of A.V. (King James) - all the people who objected to Green Pastures and Man Born to be King and who are always waffling about reverence. But we must kill that! I hope you'll add a little plain preface - all popular theology, no gas about St. Paul's "personality" or the wild flowers of Palestine - and a really full analytical index. The index by itself will blow to bits all the modern exaggerations of the difference between Pauline and Johanine theology. Heartiest good wishes, yours sincerely C.S. Lewis. "
C.S. Lewis, as a master communicator, obviously recognised in Phillips a kindred spirit.
I read this morning the following alarming statistics: "Only six per cent of British adults read or listen to the Bible, while 55 per...