During the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Phoenix held several weeks ago, messengers passed a resolution that “respectfully requested” Lifeway not to carry or sell the newly revised New International Version (2011).
A Baptist Press article reports:
“The resolution came to the floor when Indiana pastor Tim Overton persuaded messengers to address the 2011 version of the popular translation that his resolution said had “gone beyond acceptable translation standards” regarding gender. His resolution said 75 percent of the flawed gender translation in the TNIV appears in the new NIV. Southern Baptist messengers expressed their disapproval of the TNIV in a 2002 resolution.”
Bob Allen of the Associated Baptist Press also ran a story on the decision.
As a person interested in Bibles and Bible translations, I could not help but seek out any responses to the resolution. You may find the PDF version of the Committee of Bible Translation’s (the Committee responsible for the NIV) response in full.
For a different take on the whole debate, I found a little chestnut of a blog on the subject from Rev. John Armstrong, who has a disliking for the resolution.
Enjoy, and comment to tell me what you think about the NIV debate!