writing the bible

This week a bible was presented to the Methodist Conference in Southport that had been handwritten by over 30,000 people.  I was one of them. http://www.methodistconference.org.uk/news/latest-news/more-than-30,000-britons-transcribe-methodists’-bible despite the upbeat nature of the comment from Southport I found the experience dispiriting.  It was a difficult task to handwrite accurately and made myself and my fellow transcribers feel more anxious than inspired.  For the person with dyslexia it was a monumentally difficult challenge.  And what is the lasting legacy? The 30,000 transcribers are now invisible and the bible will become a museum piece.  It was the invention of the printing press and subsequent printing of the bible that first put the power of its content into the hands of ordinary people.  Today we are in no lesser revolution with the development of the internet and its potential to share the thoughts of ordinary people widely.  How wonderful it could have been to have the bible read out as a series of video clips by 30,000 contributors with the ability for people to access it wherever they were.  I am sure it will happen soon!


Anthea SullyAnthea Sully is a human rights campaigner.