Dan Edelen and I have had a very constructive exchange in the comments to my previous post. We’re not in 100% agreement by any means (I still think the EM/IM terminology is seriously mistaken), but I certainly understand (and sympathise) with Dan’s position a lot more than I did, and I hope Dan feels likewise about my concerns. Thanks, Dan, for taking the time to respond to what I appreciate was a strongly-worded post.
One of Dan’s comments concerned the effects of taking away the Bible from a culture, and a timely post from Couldn’t Help Noticing reminds us that this is far from a hypothetical state of affairs for millions of Christians around the world. The graphic demonstrates the growing gap (in absolute terms) affecting China’s rapidly-increasing Christian population – and let’s just pause for a moment to consider what a miracle of grace it is to be able to type those last few words! – but as CHN points out, many other Christians around the world (e.g. in Africa) are in the same plight.
CHN provides links to a couple of Australian organisations supplying Bibles to China and other Word-deprived areas of the world. I’m aware of the work of the Bible Society in the UK, though I don’t know if their work includes China (they’d probably keep it fairly quiet if it did, for obvious reasons). As one way of supporting this work, I’m going to start a list after the fold of selected organisations engaged in this work from different countries. Please put any suggestions in the comments, and I’ll add a selection to the list in the post itself.
Any further suggestions are welcome!