Friday, June 12, 2015

When I Think of the American Bible Society...

I am still putting the finishing touches on my American Bible Society book and I thought it might be fun to do a little crowdsourcing with the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home.

I have been doing my best to situate the American Bible Society somewhere on the American religious landscape of the last fifty years.  I know what I am going to argue in the book (and I am pretty sure I know how the ABS staff would answer), but I wanted to get a feel for how others might perceive the ABS.

I am not really looking for some type of scholarly analysis here.   Rather, I would like to know what comes to your mind when you think about the ABS?  Is it a mainline Protestant organization? A fundamentalist organization? An arm of the Christian Right?  An ecumenical organization?  An Evangelical organization?  A generically Christian organization? A theologically liberal organization? A Judeo-Christian organization?  None of the above? Something else?

Is it a Christian ministry? A religious publisher? A benevolent society? A para-church agency?  A business?  What come to mind?

While American religious historians are more than welcome to chime in, I would also really like to hear from non-specialists or Christians who know about the ABS through their churches or other religious organizations.  It would also be great to hear from members of the clergy.

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