Sunday, January 9, 2011
Some style guides have prescribed that in citing the Bible or other "classical" works, they do not require the inclusion of reference entries. Some writers have argued that not citing the Bible as a reference relegates it to a position of lesser importance than other references. Some members of this last group have further argued that Christian researchers have an obligation to demonstrate the importance of insuring the Bible's prominent position and status, as compared to other references. They have further argued that researchers should accomplish this by citing the Bible in reference sections when they quote or discuss Scriptures in their professional writings. To me, this proposition seems wrong headed. Scholars through the ages have arguably exalted the Bible to a position where modern resesearchers need not include in reference sections the Bible and some other works found in historical literature... Reference sections that include all of the "ordinary" references. Rather than considering the Bible and the other exempt tomes as lesser works, these scholars have actually positioned them as greater works. Therefore, it seem plausible to infer that those who force a position of includingthe Bible into reference sections actually demote and diminish the Bible from the otherwise exalted position it so rightly deserves.