KING JAMES ONLY CONTROVERSY, THE Paperback – Apr 1 1995
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About the Author
James R. White is the author of several acclaimed books, including The King James Only Controversy and The Forgetten Trinity. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, director of Alpha and Omega Ministriesa Christian apologetics organization, an adjunct professor with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a professor of apologetics with Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He and his family live in Phoenix.
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This book has been found intimidating by many KJV advocates and little wonder- It was WRITTEN to intimidate! Still, I truly believe White really is off base in many of his contentions and conceits.
One of White's supporters here speaks nobly of "thinking for one's self." Here, then, is my challenge:
Go ahead and read White's book-- I did! BUT, if you're REALLY willing to think on your own, ALSO read David Cloud's well-written response, available for on-line viewing at [...] and FREE no less.
There is the challenge. Take it if you will.
This book gives a good background on the process of translation, and describes how various "textual variants" might come about. It also discusses the differences in translation itself. White goes on to discuss the major fallacies he sees in the "King James Only" position.
White exposes a few of the "King James Only" group for the fools they are, but does so in a proper manner. While I lean strongly toward "King James Only," some of those that hold that position do so in a way that is markedly UN-Christian (Ruckman, for instance), or in a way that makes very, very poor use of scholarship and in some case, facts themselves (Riplinger, for example).
White is definitely a conservative Christian who wholeheartedly believes in the foundational truths of Christianity. However, when reading his book, I was concerned by his frequent use of quotations by apostates and heretics such as Bruce Metzger. Metzger, for example does NOT believe in the foundational truths of Christianity. He is a Liberal apostate. Here are a few quotes from Metzger regarding various books of the Bible:
GENESIS: "The opening chapters of the Old Testament deal with human origins. They are not to be read as history ... These chapters are followed by the stories of the patriarchs, which preserve ancient traditions now known to reflect the conditions of the times of which they tell, though they cannot be treated as strictly historical.
ISAIAH: "Only chs.Read more ›
Truly I have no problems with those who want to personally use the KJV alone, but why force your personal preference on others and use such harsh language to critically undress those who disagree? It makes no sense. James does a scholarly job in showing how the criticism against the "bloodless" translations are unjustified. The proof is in the pudding, and James brings it all out in this rather lengthy, complete work. Be forewarned that this is not a book you'd read on a flight from Boston to Atlanta. No, it's not easy reading, and you will probably want to have your modern translation (NIV? NASB?) next to a King James so you can personally look at the context of the passages exegeted in the book.
I know this book is very controversial in King James Only circles, but I would hope that they would honestly reevaluate their position. Even if they disagree, my prayer is that the name-calling and other loaded language techniques would stop. Be professional. James was. With a Christless world needing the Gospel, we can so much better use our time than to bicker with each other about which translation is the best.
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Well written for people of "middle of the road" education level on the subject. Controversial is right, but I appreciate the documentation of facts and the logical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brody Thibodeau
Who are we to correct God's word? I won't waste me money on this book, neither on any modern Bible versions. Buy KJVPublished 13 months ago by Kjv
Dr. James White explained it clearly this version in a manner that differentiate it to other translation. Thanks Dr. White.Published 14 months ago by jbarias
I purchased this book thinking that it would be about the "modern translations". My hope was to find an objective source of information that would provide a balanced presentation... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2013 by Allan Pearson
In my lifetime I have graduated from the RSV (the Relatively Sound Version), to the NIV and now the ESV. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2011 by rossuk
I was curious about this title because I have heard often that the King James version of the Bible is so more trustworthy than anything else. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2010 by Canadianladybug
...because it wasn't White that backed out.
Read Ruckman's own words:
Tsk Tsk Tsk Ruckman.
These are the appropriate terms to describe James White's shameless book of pure satanic subtilty-Gen 3:1, 2Cor 11:1-2. Read morePublished on May 31 2004
Every Christian who believes that the Bible is God's Word should read the first part of this book, whether they agree with the author's stance or not, or whether they are... Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by Coleman Yee