What version of the Bible should I read?
That depends on why you're reading it. If you're interested in reading it because of itsimpact of western literature, you may want to stick to the good old KJV (King JamesVersion). While a more modern translation will be more accessible, based on bettermanuscripts, and updated to match the most recent scholarship, the KJV is the Biblethatbegat English idiomsand it is the Bible your classic authors are most likely toquote.Beyond that, there are two major philosophies when it comes to Bible translation;formalequivalence and dynamic equivalence. Formal equivalence is where the translators try as hard as they can to stick to what thetext actually says--even if that makes things confusing for someone who might notunderstand ancient near-east idioms and culture. Examples of translations that leantowards formal equivalence are: ESV (English Standard Version), NASB (NewAmerican Standard Version), NRSV (New Revised Standard Version).Dynamic equivalence is where the translators care less about giving you the exactwords, but instead try and give you the same idea. The issue with this is you are relyingon the translator to do interpreting for you (more so than usual, translation is inherentlyinterpretation). Examples of translations that lean towards dynamic equivalence: NLT(New Living Translation), God's Word Translation.The NIV (New International Version) and TNIV (Today's New International Version)attempt to combine the two approaches.Then there are paraphrases, like the Message by Eugene Peterson, which are less of atranslation and more of a reflection on the scriptures.
Why is the community policy necessary?
Given that the /r/Christianity community is a smaller community that is often unable toself moderate simply using the voting system, acommunity policywas established tohelp create guidelines for conduct within this subreddit.The need for such as system is best described by /r/atheism memberKni7es,
Let's say tomorrow we wake up and /r/Christianity suddenly has over a million members, roughly proportional to the 12:1 advantage /r/Atheism has right now. They are now the 800lbs gorilla, and they decide they want to come squat in our subreddit and "debate" the poor misguided atheists. The Christians come in like the tide, flooding our threads and upvoting their own junk to the front page. Our mods are like so many sandcastles trying in vain to block users and moderate discussion, and in their