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The Craft of Dishonest Quotation

Monday, October 5th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Years ago, Gail Riplinger wrote a book, New Age Bible Versions, to discredit modern translations as products of the New Age movement. I read the book, and now am ashamed to admit that I believed a lot of what she wrote. However, more discerning readers have documented how she misued quotations to prove her points. Below are links to a series of blog posts that demonstrate how Riplinger twisted and even manufactured quotes to prop up her points.

  1. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 1
  2. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 2
  3. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 3
  4. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 4
  5. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 5
  6. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 6
  7. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 7
  8. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 8
  9. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation 9
  10. The Craft of Dishonest Quotation – Conclusion

Riplinger also claimed that Westcott was an occultist. The blogger from the above links also answered the question Was Brooke Foss Westcott an Occultist?

Just because someone writes a book and sells lots of copies does not mean it is true. We (including me) need to be more discerning when we read a book – especially a book that is meant to prove something you already believe. The extent to which Riplinger went in misquoting cannot be dismissed as carelessness. It is dishonest.

by Gordy