Fearless Optimism: The Story of the Geneva Bible

The struggle between tyranny and liberty today in America is at a critical tipping point. Yet the force that transformed the world still holds the solutions for our crises. The road to liberty has never changed. The Geneva Bible has been the lost treasure of Christianity for over four hundred years. Nearly forgotten by the modern world, this version of the Holy Scriptures was translated and compiled by exiled reformers in Geneva (1557-1560) and stands alone in history as the force that transformed the English speaking world from the backwater of history into the center of civilization.

England in 1557 was a society beset by illiteracy, oppression, even barbarity. Hundreds of men had been burned at the stake merely for reading and teaching the Bible. Many clergymen, both Catholic and Protestant, received their parish jobs as payoffs and often were incapable or unwilling to preach. The impoverished and spiritually discouraged masses found solace outside of the church -- in sloth and debauchery. The upper classes compromised their conscience and virtue to cater to the elites of the royal court.

Into this seemingly hopeless culture of corruption and error, the light of God's written Word -- in the newly translated, published, and distributed Geneva Bible -- began to liberate the English-speaking people, penetrating hearts and transforming minds. The Geneva Bible was the most significant catalyst in the transformation of England, Scotland, and America from slavish tyranny to the heights of Christian civilization. By the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, just twenty-eight years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, it was already being said of the English that they were becoming a "People of the Book."

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