Hysteria, misinformation, rancor and hype fill the King James Version (KJV) only debate.  Cynicism sometimes colors the view of those on both sides of the debate.  This blog aims to confront the King James craze head on, and evaluate the claims of KJV-onlyism from a Biblical perspective.

The authors are all former proponents of KJV-onlyism.  Each has made his own journey out of that movement.  We shall do our best to fairly represent the opposite view here, yet we acknowledge that there are multiple varieties of the KJV-only position.

We welcome honest debate in the comments.  But we reserve the right to moderate discussions in an effort to keep this a charitable, Christ-honoring blog.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Teng May 4, 2009 / 8:39 am

    I use Geneva Breeches bible only!

  2. Teng May 4, 2009 / 8:49 am

    The Geneva Bible was the “Bible of the Protestant Reformation”, and the Bible of the Puritans and Pilgrims. It was the first Bible taken to America, brought over on the Mayflower. The Geneva Bible is the Bible upon which America was founded. You can imagine, most early American colonists, who were fleeing the religious oppression of the Anglican Church (Church of England), wanted nothing to do with the King James Bible of the Anglican Church!

    Textually, the Geneva Bible offered a number of radical never-before-seen changes: It was the first Bible in English to add numbered verses to each chapter of scripture. Also, the Geneva was the first Bible to introduce easier-to-read “Roman Style Typeface” rather than the “Gothic Blackletter Style Typeface” which had been used exclusively in earlier Bibles. Another curious innovation; the Geneva was the first “Study Bible” with extensive commentary notes in the margins. The Geneva Bible is the version quoted from hundreds of times by William Shakespeare in his plays. Also called the “Breeches Bible”, the Geneva Bible is the only Bible ever able to outsell and exceed the popularity of the King James Bible, as it did in the early 1600’s until its printing ceased in 1644. In fact, one of the greatest ironies of history, is that Protestants of all denominations today embrace the King James Version of the Bible (which reads 90% the same as the Geneva), even though the King James Version is not a Protestant Bible (it’s Anglican / Church of England). Most Protestants have never even heard of the Bible of their own heritage: the Geneva Bible. It was produced by John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, & other English refugees in ever-neutral Geneva, Switzerland… fleeing the persecution of Roman Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary in England. Mary would not tolerate the Protestant Geneva Bible, which proclaimed the Pope an “antichrist” in its commentary notes.

    • Daniel Stowers October 17, 2016 / 2:07 am

      The Geneva Bible was a good translation. But again, it’s just a translation, and now extremely old. It would be as wrong to say that we should still be using the Geneva as it would be to say we should still be using the KJV exclusively. [I’m not saying you do that, but some do]. Translations have a life – they will always need to be revised and replaced eventually.

  3. PeterAV January 5, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    While the Geneva Bible was a good Bible for the time, and was brought over on the Mayflower, and was used regularly by the publick; it, how ever was not the only Bible. There were at least two Bibles brought over with all those folk, and the King James Bible was one of them.
    Many people are familiar with the Geneva Bible, and simply because it was the first for this and that proves nothing. It simply shows the progress of the times is all.
    Of course it dovetails with the pure word coming forth.

    • fundyreformed February 22, 2010 / 9:33 am

      Thanks Yin, I’ll update the link shortly.

  4. PeterAV June 7, 2010 / 8:35 pm

    BVDB is not a very legitimate site. They post just because you post. And they give little substance other than abuse.

    • Bob Hayton June 7, 2010 / 9:10 pm


      We are just trying to link to places you can discuss the issue, not necessarily making judgments on which are the best ones. I still haven’t added the widget back in yet that lists the discussion boards.

      Thanks for your feedback, though.

  5. Don Ruhe August 14, 2020 / 1:13 am

    Anyone who feels that the bible was somehow written in English a vague and evolving language … a true bastard of the European languages, taking froim germanic, latin, greek, later evolutions like French, and of course Saxon, is purely a biggotted egomaniac.
    The Holy Spirit did not choose English to write the scripture in, by chose Hebrew and Greek, for GOOD reason!

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