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Monday, January 14, 2019

As of 2018, the government has implemented sweeping rules on religious practices, adding more requirements for religious groups and barring unapproved organisations from engaging in any religious activity. But the campaign is not just about managing behaviour. One of the goals of a government work plan for "promoting Chinese Christianity" between 2018 and 2022 is "thought reform". The plan calls for "retranslating and annotating" the Bible, to find commonalities with socialism and establish a "correct understanding" of the text.

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I consider Christianity a kookoo ... heretic...sub-sect of Islam that should have been history after the Crusades.

Lets see what China can do about it.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-01-14 10:36 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Worked for the Romans.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-01-14 10:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


It won't be the first time the Bible has been re-interpreted for political purposes.

And it won't be the last.

I like looking through this book to see how the various translations compare:

www.abebooks.com

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-01-14 11:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I prefer not to read the Bible and just pretend it says what I want it to say at any particular moment.
-Evangelicals.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2019-01-14 12:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 12

Just in case anyones forgotten that china sucks..

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-14 12:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5 The Party is very scary, but the Chinese are a lot like Westerns, unfortunately living under and accepting a corrupt police state.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2019-01-14 12:43 PM | Reply

Chinese government brutal and authorotarian.

Its Stalinism pretending to be maoism....or the other way around.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-14 12:53 PM | Reply

Rwing religious hypocrites and traditionalists more interested in money and politics in this country have been re-writing and re-interpreting the Bible to suit
themselves forever.... and if they could put Christians who disagree with them in jail they could.

The Chinese can make this official policy and are doing so... as would a Pres Pence if he could.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-14 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

they would.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-14 12:57 PM | Reply

"And on the seventh day, God created the Communist Party of China."

#10 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-01-14 01:01 PM | Reply

Only the one that King James translated is official.

#11 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-01-14 01:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

#11

lol...

"If the King James was good enough for Moses, it's good enough for me!" - rwing faux christian

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-14 01:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

- Its Stalinism pretending to be maoism....or the other way around.

Communism as its always practiced: totalitarian

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-01-14 01:39 PM | Reply

"Only the one that King James translated is official."

Which one? The 1611 version or the 1769 version? LOL...

#14 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-01-14 01:45 PM | Reply


@#11 ... is official. ...

"Official" as determined by whom?

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-01-14 01:49 PM | Reply

Tremain is back from his enforced exile, huh?

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-14 02:01 PM | Reply

Considering hoe many times the Bible has been rewritten all I can say is... so what?

#17 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-01-14 02:02 PM | Reply

And Texas' government is attempting to rewrite history. The Bible already starts out on a basis of fiction. Perhaps we should worry about our own problems.

#18 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-01-14 02:04 PM | Reply

And Texas' government is attempting to rewrite history. The Bible already starts out on a basis of fiction. Perhaps we should worry about our own problems.

#18 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT AT 2019-01-14 02:04 PM | FLAG:

Some of us eat our Wheaties and can manage to be concerned about more than one thing at a time. Shocking, I know.

#19 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-14 02:07 PM | Reply

Tremain is back from his enforced exile, huh?

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan

Hmmmm... I answered a post of yours two days ago.... and here you are pretending you just became aware of my presence?

www.drudge.com

How does it feel to sleepwalk through life? Neat huh?

#20 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-01-14 02:15 PM | Reply

#20

Do you deny that you were gone? You've only recently become active again.

#21 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-14 02:21 PM | Reply

- The Bible already starts out on a basis of fiction.

www.huffingtonpost.com

Some people have a strong belief in coincidence.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-14 02:22 PM | Reply

First edition of the Old Testament was likely written during the reign of King Solomon. It's a anthology and was written by somebody who was really trying to do the best he she or they could.

New Testament is more complex but what's important is the people that wrote it and the two editions in America tend to be trying to do the right thing as opposed to what the Chinese government is doing.

#23 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-14 02:45 PM | Reply

- is "thought reform".

Chairman Mao lives!

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-01-14 02:48 PM | Reply

"it was written by somebody who was really trying to do the best he she or they could"

How could you possibly know their motives?

#25 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2019-01-14 03:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When writing about ones God one does their best.

#26 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-14 03:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Sounds usa-ish.

#27 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-01-14 03:41 PM | Reply

That's what republicans are doing to the bible in the USA to pretend that jesus actually would be ok with endless greed and the accumulation of material wealth.

When your diety preached about forsaking material wealth and helping the poor, but your political party is the opposite, you need to make some religious revisions.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-01-14 03:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Is this like the conservative bible being rewritten in USA?

www.conservapedia.com

#29 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-01-14 08:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It won't be the first time the Bible has been re-interpreted for political purposes.

85-90% of the "interpretations" of the Bible are for political purposes.

Just out of curiosity, an any of the DR believers fill me in on why this interpretations isn't the will of God or God's word?

#30 | Posted by jpw at 2019-01-14 08:57 PM | Reply

#8 I'll NW that once I'm not on my phone

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2019-01-14 09:00 PM | Reply

#29 LOL I forgot about Conservapedia.

If ever there was a piece of evidence to show how desperate righties are to ignore reality, that's it.

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2019-01-14 09:03 PM | Reply

A government that's openly hostile to Christianity reinterpreting the Bible?

In theory it could be God's will but it's unlikely.

#33 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-14 10:31 PM | Reply

Everyone should convert to Jainism or be put to the sword.

Wait, huh?

#34 | Posted by Karabekian at 2019-01-14 11:03 PM | Reply

85-90% of the "interpretations" of the Bible are for political purposes. ~ JPW

No they weren't they were risk-​managing interdicts and heuristics; a sort of inter-generational risk management system.

#35 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-14 11:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

How is that not political?

In light of ancient church power it was absolutely about politics in that it controlled the message, particularly in conjunction with restrictions on additional interpretations or even reading of the Bible by the common people.

It's always been a controlled message.

#36 | Posted by jpw at 2019-01-15 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#22 | POSTED BY CORKY

Yet in the second sentence of your article, it says...

...here we will assume that...

So everything after that is an assumption or made up. Just like the Bible and religion.

#37 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-01-15 06:37 AM | Reply

When writing about ones God one does their best.

#26 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-14 03:28 PMFlag: ReceivedFunnyNewsworthy | Funny

When writing about ones god, one doth make schitt up.

#38 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-01-15 07:42 AM | Reply

Can we send them Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell Jr, and all the rest of the right wing charlatans masquerading as 'Christians'?

#39 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-01-15 08:05 AM | Reply

-So everything after that is an assumption or made up.

No, regarding a specific instance, it says; (here we will assume that the "days" are allegorical). Your assumption that that applies to everything after is made up to support your bias.

#40 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-15 12:49 PM | Reply

No, it means the author is willing to make stuff up to support their bias.

#41 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-01-15 02:43 PM | Reply

He didn't make anything up. "days" is often used allegorically in those texts.

It sounds like you are assuming more than is the author. Did you have an objection to anything substantive in the article; the use of science or the ancient texts or the comparison which showed that both concluded the almost the same basic order of happening?

Or did you even read it... not a question.

#42 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-15 04:23 PM | Reply

I did read it, Mister Smartypants. I agree it proved "...almost the same basic order of happening". So? To me, that's like saying, "See how beautiful that tree is? That's proof of God."
There should be no need for interpretation or allegories. If something is true, it's true.

#43 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2019-01-16 06:48 AM | Reply

I'm hardly a devout Christian, I'm not an expert on the Bible but I do think that the Chinese government is evil in their attempt to control religion and I hope they fail miserably which, as Russia is an example, they will at some point. I will celebrate when they do. Freedom of relibion is in our Constitution and we should all celebrate that every day. Our founders weren't right about everything but they did get a few things right.

#44 | Posted by danni at 2019-01-16 08:03 AM | Reply

- I agree it proved "...almost the same basic order of happening"

Yeah, some coincidence, eh? Those Bronze Age scientists were really smart!

And your example is nonsensical. Beauty isn't often the purview of science. And the evolution of trees is not like their beauty. Those ancient texts are remarkably close to what science now understands about the order of life occurring on this planet.

And allegories have nothing to do with it.

#45 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-16 03:10 PM | Reply

Hey non theologian don't pretend to understand religion.

#46 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-16 10:13 PM | Reply

Hey non theologian don't pretend to understand religion.

#47 | Posted by Tor at 2019-01-16 10:13 PM | Reply

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