Letter to Douglas Moo

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In the tradition of Conservapedia, we send letters of scholarly significance to college professors. Here is a letter we sent on June 30, 2010 to Professor Douglas Moo. Any reply will be posted here also, as done in our famous dialog with Professor Lenski.

Letter to Professor Moo

June 30, 2010

Professor Douglas Moo
Wheaton Graduate School
Chairman, Committee on Bible Translation

Dear Professor Moo,

I hope this letter finds you well in your capacity as the Chairman of the Committee on Bible Translation, which reportedly oversaw the TNIV translation and, according to an article on Sept. 1, 2009 in the USA Today, is producing a new revision of the NIV translation.[1] In an interview at that time, you mentioned the publishers' "deflecting any possible claim that the 2011 NIV was a secretive project" and that your Committee is "seeking input from anyone who wants to make a suggestion about how the 2011 NIV might be improved."[2]

Ten months later, the question is this: has a single word of your new translation been made available for public review?

I have concern that your Committee might produce a liberal translation that distorts and conceals references to the unborn child in appeasement of the pro-abortion position. Conservapedia has identified nine (9) instances where the NIV obscures biblical references to the unborn child, and in each of these instances the NIV mistranslation denies biblical confirmation of pro-life truths. See the Feminist Bible entry on Conservapedia.

Regardless of what your own views may be, many other college professors do support abortion, and they might prefer concealing recognition of the unborn child. Any unwillingness by your Committee to allow public review of the relevant passages in its work would heighten my concern.

You harshly criticized our translation effort, declaring that "Silly is probably as kind as I could be about it."[3] Yet we completed our work on the New Testament over two months ago, all in full public view.[4] Where is yours?

I look forward to your response and will post it for public benefit, unless you request otherwise.


Andy Schlafly

cc: Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University
L. Roy Taylor, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church of America


  1. https://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-09-01-bible-translation_N.htm
  2. Interview with Douglas Moo on the 2011 NIV
  3. http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2009/10/andy-schlafly%E2%80%99s-conservative-bible-project/
  4. See Conservative Bible Project.