Christianity Today reports that C.S. Lewis scholar Louis Markos circulated a petition back in November protesting the new C.S. Lewis Study Bible. The recently released study Bible uses the gender-neutral NRSV as the text.
The Houston Baptist University English professor began circulating the petition soon after the November 9 release of the Bible, published by HarperCollins. The author of two recent books on Lewis calls it unjust to tie the apologist’s writings to an implicit push for the gender egalitarianism that Lewis would have opposed.
“The NRSV has been around so long, a lot of people don’t realize there was an agenda behind it,” said Markos, who wants HarperCollins to reissue the Bible in the King James or Revised Standard Version. “How can we do this to Lewis? He and his legacy have been hijacked.”
Agenda? When did using more accurate language become an agenda? And have you noticed that it always someone else’s agenda that’s wrong (I have to admit to doing this myself!)?
Even if Lewis would not agree (and it is always hard to tell for someone who died 50 years ago), would the breadth of what he wrote really have been hijacked by this one issue?