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Newman University, Birmingham in the UK Puts a Content Warning on the Bible

Newman University, Birmingham in the UK Puts a Content Warning on the Bible

“Certain passages are flagged up as especially problematic, including a chapter of 2 Samuel in the Old Testament, about David, the King of Israel who had previously slain Goliath.”

Why do people put up with this nonsense? No one ever stands up and says no, we’re not doing this.

The Daily Mail reports:

University named after cardinal John Henry Newman slaps a content warning on the BIBLE because of its ‘themes of sexual violence and abuse’

A university named in honour of one of England’s greatest religious thinkers has issued a content warning for the Bible.

Newman University, Birmingham, tells students studying the holy book that the module ‘includes themes of sexual violence and abuse – in images and biblical texts’.

Certain passages are flagged up as especially problematic, including a chapter of 2 Samuel in the Old Testament, about David, the King of Israel who had previously slain Goliath.

The passage, marked ‘SV’ to denote sexual violence, tells of David’s adulterous affair with Bathsheba and the role he played in the death of her husband Uriah the Hittite.

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, said: ‘Works of history, literature, theology and the classics will sometimes include material about violence, including sexual violence.

‘University should be a time when students are exposed to different aspects of the human condition, albeit with the support of sympathetic teaching staff.

‘My issue with warnings is how far do you go before you end up with some form of censorship?’

Those studying the foundations of Christian theology are also warned about a ‘description of domestic abuse’ in St Augustine’s autobiographical Confessions , written in about 400 AD.

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‘My issue with warnings is how far do you go before you end up with some form of censorship?’

Warnings, including illogical ones like described here, ARE censorship. They are intended to produce a chilling effect and they succeed.

Remember when you were young and you giggled at the insanity of polite Victorians always having to say “limb” instead of “leg,” and “proper” piano owners putting decorative cloth pant legs around the legs of their pianos so they wouldn’t be naked?

This.
Wokeness is today’s Victorianism.
Except with 129 sexual practices you never imagined before.

How can this not result in more college students reading the Bible?

I have an interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament. It was published for English schoolboys in the nineteenth century. An English translation is not provided for certain sexually explicit passages.

The editors may have thought they were shielding the boys from these passages; what they actually did was help them find the sexy passages in their English Bibles.

    Yes, but it also meant they had to work on their translation skills, which was what the book was supposed to be teaching them, so it was really rather clever.

They evidently haven’t gotten to the New Testament yet. The slaughter of the innocents wasn’t pretty, and the description of events leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, and the crucifixion itself, will give them an attack of the vapors.
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