Liberal Bible Translations

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Liberal bible translations are attempts to distort Biblical text to support liberal ideals. These efforts are often funded better than straightforward translations, and typically benefit from more promotional and advertising funds. Invariably the publisher or translators deny that they have a liberal agenda or belief system.

Signs of a Liberal Translation

Here are some common signs of a liberal translation:

  • Political correctness towards gender by using "gender inclusive" language[1]
  • Downplaying the existence of Hell and God's judgment
  • Downplaying the deity of Jesus
  • Downplaying the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Denying the prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus
  • Downplaying the prohibition on homosexuality
  • Downplaying the differences between men and women
  • Editorializing on passages to push a liberal point of view
  • Adding content

Examples of Liberal Translations


  1. Most modern English translations strive, in varying degrees, for some amount of gender inclusive language. A weak form is to change "brother" to "member of the church"; a strong form is to change "brother" to "brother or sister." The New International Version did not impose gender inclusive language, but its revisions and updates do; the Holman Christian Standard Bible was a recent rejection of the approach of gender inclusive language.
  2. This is a liberal revision of the popular and better New International Version.
  3. "Several unfortunate translations of key verses have tainted it with charges of liberalism and the fact that the copyright is owned by the National Council of Churches has reinforced the negative image."[1]
  4. This version is favored by liberal American Catholics, but is rejected by some conservative Catholics as too liberal, primarily for its insistence on gender inclusive language. It is used by the Vatican on its web site, while the Catechism of the Catholic Church uses the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (RSV-CE), a slightly modified version of the Revised Standard Version.