The American Patriot’s Bible: Initial Impression

APB.jpgLee, Richard G., ed.

The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America.

Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. Pp. x + 1620. Hardcover. $39.99.

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My full review is a while away but here are my initial thoughts…

Aesthetics

Initially I have to say that it’s an attractive Bible.  Nothing too flashy on the inside.  The colors used are what I’d describe as muted and they really look nice.  The paper is nice and thick so there’s no bleed-through.  There’s a bunch of nice color photos throughout.  I don’t like that they went with a dust jacket though.  It would have been nicer to just print directly on the hardcover which is just plain navy blue.

Front Matter

There’s a number of commemorative pages in the front:

  • Presentation page
  • Marriage Certification page
  • Family Records page(s)
  • Church Record page
  • Family History page
  • Ancestors of Interest page
  • Map of the USA
  • Fifty States page
  • Military and Public Service page
  • Deaths of Family Members page

Honestly, it’s a bit much.  I never saw the need for anything past the presentation page which is nice for when you’re giving a Bible as a gift.  Other than that I wouldn’t think to record all that other info in a Bible.

There’s also a 4 page spread on “The Seven Principles of the Judeo-Christian Ethic.”  They’re listed as:

  1. The Dignity of Human Life
  2. The Traditional Monogamous Family
  3. A National Work Ethic
  4. The Right to a God-Centered Education
  5. The Abrahamic Covenant
  6. Common Decency
  7. Our Personal Accountability to God

I’d think that a Muslim could affirm pretty much everything on that list save #2 (and they’d have a radically different understanding of #5).

Then there’s a page called “A Call to Action” where it talks about prayer, the processes for bringing about change, participating with those processes, and perseverance.  The most odd bit is in the section on perseverance since it says:

When fighting for the right, we must never cease until we prevail. The battle is not always won by the strongest, the smartest, or the most elite, but ultimately it comes to those who persist and persevere. When soon-to-be President George Washington led his troops into battle during the Revolutionary War, he lost most of those battles, but through perseverance he ultimately won the war. As a result, we won our independence from the British and became a free people. Our Lord taught us that when we put our hands to the plow of a righteous cause, we are never to look back, but to persevere and prevail. (F-16*)

But Jesus isn’t talking about perseverance here (is he?), he’s talking about loyalty to him.  When you flip over to Luke 9:57-62 in this Bible the section heading even reads “The Cost of Discipleship.”  This is a strange application of the verse and I pray that it doesn’t represent the overall use of Scripture throughout this Bible.  If so then I’m in for a lot of head scratching.

B”H

*The front pages aren’t numbered so I’ve designated them F = front.

25 thoughts on “The American Patriot’s Bible: Initial Impression

  1. You’ve left out one rather pertinent word in the title of this rather scary (IMO) book.

  2. I’m a card- carrying, flag-waving, dyed in the wool life-long Republican and even I’ve thought, “That’s a bit much” in previews of this bible.

    Personally I’ve been going to reader’s editions on my bibles. I’ve got all the study editions I need at the moment. Bigger print and smaller volumes to lug around are starting to look good.

  3. Steph: American(s) shouldn’t scare you, we’re nice folk! :-)

    Chuck: It’s like a devotional Bible and as such it’s really not any worse than any of the others I’ve seen. In fact so far I prefer it to my Couples Devotional Bible. We’ll see if that opinion changes.

  4. I choose to use the internet geek version with as big a print as I need for morning reading…with the NIV read to me and Wikipedia what else could I need…*; )

  5. Everyone has a bible of their own: it’s called “Let’s ignore the parts we don’t like”.

    Not everyone goes to the trouble of publishing that personal version of the bible like Thomas Jefferson, but we are all his heirs, in a sense.

    When Jesus asked the scribes and Pharisees if they hadn’t read something in the Bible, he isn’t just addressing them, I assure you.

  6. Nick you missed my point. !. you missed out a word 2. the book is scary. Two points unrelated.

  7. Meh. Christians are good for government, but they’re citizens of a heavenly kingdom in the end, which should be their primary allegiance.

    Besides, state and church shouldn’t mix. I hadda say it, being a Baptist.

  8. I gotta agree with Chuck and more so considering Christianity isn’t the only religion… Philosophickle’s claim sounds like the seed of ‘justified war’ arguments among other things…

    Nick: I don’t understand. Do you mean they don’t know how to drive in New York? If so, there’s another good reason for the world to leave cars outside cities and use public transport – like they do in some European cities and Durham England for example… Safer and cleaner! (Anyway nobody in America can drive – you all drive on the wrong side of the road!)

  9. Chuck: But of course. I don’t think that the editor of this Bible would even disagree with that, but time will tell…

    Steoh: Yeah, they don’t know how to drive in New York City. Over here in New Jersey we drive just fine. And I do believe it is you all who drive on the wrong side of the road!

    philosophickle: That’s how I took it.

  10. Philosophickle: That’s a relief :-) but I don’t know what ;p means.

    Nick: No we copy the Brits and you copied the Brits and got it wrong!!

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