Southern Baptist Convention’s Gender-Inclusive Bible Translation

You might have missed the fact that the Southern Baptist Convention’s latest Bible release, last fall’s Christian Standard Bible, uses more gender-inclusive terms.

Though the newest Bible is not as gender-neutral as other translations, some see it as a progressive move for a denomination that has been considered staunchly conservative. The Atlantic writers Jonathan Merritt, a senior columnist for Religion News Service, and Garet Robinson, a Houston pastor, believe the denomination is on a slippery slope. “The SBC is America’s largest Protestant denomination and one of its most conservative. If its leaders and members are tolerating a softer, more inclusive approach to gender, it might be a bellwether of things to come in the culture war over gender,” they write.

However, Trevin Wax, Bible and reference publisher for Holman Bibles, defended the translation by saying, “It uses male pronouns for God, for pastors, and in places where it’s obviously male—and it uses male and female, where that’s what the author intended.”

This week in Phoenix, Ariz., the Southern Baptist Convention holds its annual gathering.

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