Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

One of the biggest excuses that is common within Christian circles today for use of the modern versions over the Authorized Bible is that they are easier to read and understand.  But what people fail to remember is that the KJB was used as the main textbook for Reading and English for years in this country.  In fact, in 1782 Congress passed a resolution endorsing and recommending the use of the Bible in all schools!  Which begs the question: were the old farmers of yesteryear smarter than seminary educated Christian’s today?  In addition to this common sense argument, there are the results of the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Indicator which place the KJB at a 5.8 grade reading level, lowest of all versions.  What about the popular NIV? 8.4.  In addition, the Flesch-Kincaid scale scored 94% of the books in the KJB at a 7th grade level or below and the Flesch Reading Ease scale rated 97% of the KJB books Easy or Fairly Easy!  So next time someone asks you why you read that old King James, you can simply reply, “Because I’m smarter than a fifth-grader.”


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