Richard Dawkins lends his support to The King James Bible Trust

Date Published: Friday, 19 February 2010

Oxford scholar and author Richard Dawkins has contributed a reading of a chapter from the Song of Solomon to the King James Bible Trust's YouTube Bible project.

Professor Dawkins was asked why he wanted to participate in the initiative. "You can't appreciate English literature unless you are steeped to some extent in the King James Bible", he replied, "people don't know that proverbial phrases which make echoes in their minds come from this Bible. We are a Christian culture, we come from a Christian culture and not to know the King James Bible, is to be in some small way, barbarian".

Richard was supportive in the Trust's objective to ensure the 2011 is a year for everyone to celebrate the vital role the King James Version has played on the development of the history, language and literature of the English-speaking world saying, "it is important that religion should not be allowed to hijack this cultural resource".

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