Sunday, 29 May 2011

A Sceptical View of the King James Bible

The following is a copy of the press release I have sent out to publicise our June meeting, adding a link and omitting contact details:


A Sceptical View of the King James Bible.

The Hastings Humanists meet at 6:30 pm on Thursday 9 June in the Notley Room, White Rock Hotel. Entry fee for non-members is £2.50.

This talk is to mark the 400th anniversary of publication of the English translation of the Bible, authorised by King James the First. Well known writers, including Richard Dawkins, have praised the quality of the English used, although many readers now find it difficult to understand.

Perhaps it should be replaced by a modern alternative such as "The Good Book" compiled by the Humanist philosopher A. C. Grayling.

The speaker, Ken Humphreys, author of "Jesus Never Existed" will discuss how the KJV Bible affects our perception of Jesus, and whether its elevated literature obscures the historical realities.

There will be time for a question and answer session following the talk.

A PDF poster for this meeting is now available to download. I have also attempted to revive our newsletter in a new form, as a web page. Both are available HERE.

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