The King James Bible & the Latin Mass

April 2000Peter Kreeft

Peter Kreeft is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, a Contributing Editor of the NOR, and the author of over 40 books, the most recent of which is A Refutation of Moral Relativism.

Once upon a time there was a drink that was the most popular drink in the history of the world. It was called Coke. In a fit of inexplicable idiocy the Coca-Cola company decided to change the recipe, the most successful recipe in the world.

In the same era (the Era of the Fidget), there was a car company called Volkswagen. Its product, the VW bug, was the most popular car since the Model T Ford. Yet Volkswagen decided, after many years, to squash the bug. The company went swiftly downhill in sales.

Coca-Cola is still Number One, because the company quickly learned from its mistake. People hated the new recipe, and cried, "Bring back classic Coke!" So the company bit the bullet, repented, and brought back the Same Old Thing, Coke -- because people loved it.

Volkswagen also listened and repented -- belatedly -- and restored its bug design, in a technologically superior package, and won numerous Car of the Year awards for it. It is in great demand again -- because people love it.

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Well spoken (written), Dr. Kreefe. Dr. Peter Kreefe for Pope. Man's got my vote!(Damn, wish I had a red hat) How 'bout yours. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." True words of wisdom. Posted by: John
July 31, 2007 12:46 PM EDT
Hear, hear, Dr. Kreeft. Oxford University Press publishes the Authorised Version in its original compilation (i.e. with the Deutero-Canonical Books), so it is the one to have for us Romans, methinks. Also interestingly, I heard somewhere that at the coronation, the Sovereign must swear the coronation oath on the AV in its complete form (i.e. with the 7 books). Posted by: woodyjones
May 05, 2009 07:33 PM EDT
Right on. Posted by: ddoherty03
April 23, 2009 11:37 AM EDT
Yes, yes, yes. I love to read Kreeft's writing--he writes like a Chester-Lewis. I, too, read the KJV (even though in places it's probably slightly Protestantly tendentious) most of the time. Most of the great English prose stylists of the last three or four hundred years have been great writers because they had the rhythms of the KJV in their bones. Posted by: mlhearing
May 04, 2009 10:50 AM EDT
"The world's second largest and fastest growing religion, Islam, never made the mistake Coke and Volkswagen made. Its primary "product," the Qur'an (Koran), was never changed, nor supplanted by later revisions."

This is incorrect. The Quran went through several revisions until it reached critical mass. Islamic scholars recognize that several different versions of the Quran have existed down through the years.

Although, his point concerning the requirement that the Quran be written and recited using the Arabic language has always been valid.
Posted by: camainc
March 16, 2012 10:55 AM EDT
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