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2011 sees the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised (King James) Version of the Bible.   We are already hearing and reading pieces by the great and the good championing its merits ~ which are many.  For its day it was an excellent effort and it has shaped both religion and language in Britain since 1611.  However, not is all that it seems.  This article, which I wrote in 1980, when the Alternative Service Book was being introduced, suggests that the AV, and to a lesser extent the BCP used language in a rather different way from Shakespeare, with whose splendours they are often compared.  Whatever the merits of each of these corpora of literature, it is a mistake to bracket them together as all of a single kind.  Hence my title for the piece ~ “The Languages of Cranmer and Shakespeare.”  I have made some minor stylistic corrections to my original text, and there are a couple of comments (in this typeface) indicating where I have gained additional information.
Greg Forster
A clergyman down South hit the headlines by publishing a 100 minute bible.... That provoked me to take up a challenge set by some colleagues of mine in Grove Books, who work on our “Biblical” series ~ to produce the Bible story in 750 words.
Greg Forster
I have had a couple of queries about how we know about Jesus, so here are a couple of answers
Greg Forster
...what I intend is to fly a kite;  to test a hypothesis which has had few supporters in the last century or so and to invite the assessment of my arguments to see whether they are plausible.  My hypothesis is that in writing Romans Paul was aware of what James (the real James the Just) had written, and was using it, largely positively, to support a case against antagonists who claimed James as their mentor and cited his writings.
Greg Forster
Christ came; the timeless God burst into time
and scaled himself to human size at Bethlehem
amidst our wonder, though then the world went on.
Greg Forster
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees.. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.
Ben Stein