Bible = Open Source?

While listening to Speaking of Faith on NPR, they’re talking about how Muslim faith remains a mystery to most Americans as the Koran is usually (always?) studied and recited in Arabic. Contrast that with the Christian Bible which has been translated into English (and many other languages) many, many times.

Back in early Church, the Bible was read and recited mostly (always?) in Latin. The Priests read and interpreted the Bible for the congregation, and few if any had access to the ‘source code’ of their faith.

Then the Gutenberg press arrived on the scene, suddenly everyone could afford a copy of the Bible and read it for themselves.

Is the Bible the first example of an open source type mindset? The Gideon’s (and may other organizations) give them away free, so many times it’s free (as in beer) open source… faith.

Just some thoughts…


When I say ‘open source type mindset’ I mean:
– By allowing anyone to view the code, many eyes means fewer mistakes and more secure code (do I need to elaborate?)
– No one person or group controls the software, you can always make your own version (reformations)
– Any changes/improvements must be sent back to the community (theology)
– It’s always being improved and refined but has a core/kernel that tends to stay the same (gospel= core, practice= refined/changing)
– it’s usually written by a loose team of people whose sole motivation is the common good (many books, many authors, one bible)