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Angelina Jolie, Bible Centerfold?

Last year, a Swedish ad man named Dag Soderberg published a Bible made in the image of Vogue magazine. Called Bible Illuminated: The Book, it featured glossy images of models and artistic contemporary photography, and it caused quite a stir–Sweden saw a 50% rise in Bible sales during 2007.  
Now, a New Testament version is being published in the US featuring modern do-gooders Angelina Jolie, Nelson Mandela, and–I’ll give you one guess–Bono. 
I’ve not seen the thing yet, and upon hearing of it my first impulse was to write a snarky response about how in 2009 we’re sure to see the Jenna Jameson Bible–the Song of Solomon Illustrated! Niche Bibles are a mainstay in the publishing industry, and Dag Soderberg, who says he is not particularly religious, has done nothing more than take a cue from Thomas Nelson Publishers, et al. The perpetuation of this trend is troubling on many levels for anyone interested in Christian orthodoxy.
But after seeing a few images from Soderberg’s glossy Bible, I’m going to reserve judgment until seeing the thing in full. I’ll post some images below, and you’ll see that while there’s plenty to cause concern, the Book also finds powerful, even pastoral ways to connect biblical themes with modern life. Sure, it’s crass, but it may prove to be accidentally redemptive, too.
Some images (I can’t find my favorite–some images from Revelation–in a format I can put here; check The Book’s website for more):
Soderberg’s pitch piece: 

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posted October 12, 2008 at 4:23 am

what my belief is I believe in the bible. It is the word of God which is the Old Testiment and the New Testiment was to fullfill the prosphesies. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was here to give truth to what his father wanted him to do. He did not die in vain. He saved us.
We have to understand as people of this world that we have one thing to do is to understand what the bible is trying to tell us of all faiths that we need to read, pray and share that good word with each individual of there prospective faiths. This is what I think and believe.
Keep the Lord in Our Thoughts,

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posted October 20, 2008 at 10:05 am

The more you read the Bible the sweeter He grows. The main thing is that the WORDS of God are not changed. The pictures are to be expected because God designed the WORD to be relevant to all generations and all nations. Yes, some may be objectionable but it is better to have that than people not to read the Bible at all.
The apostle Paul wrote in the New Testament letters that while he was in prison because of preaching the gospel message, some of the prisoners mocked him by pretending to preach. He was ecstatic that whether in mockey or sincerity, the WORD of God was getting out. The WORD of God is mighty to save our souls from destruction. MAN does not live by bread alone but by every WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
We are ALL sinners and need the salvation which comes by repenting of sin and believing in JESUS CHRIST (The word of God made flesh) as our savior. That is the gospel message, didn’t take long did it? Now YOU have a decision to make, to obey God and live or live as you please and die and go to hell. The last idea was not from God, He wants us all to live but there has to be holiness. Holiness comes from God and we can not make it happen on our own. Separation from God and others is the ultimate end of sin. For the love of God, make the right decision. Nobody HAS to go to hell and all have the CHOICE to make. Thank, God.

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