I wasn’t sure whether to put this in GQ or GD, so if this is wrong, Mods, please move it.
There is this other message board I like to lurk at. It is a Fundamentalist Christian place, and I read it because I think it is funny/ absurd. I am aware of the fact that this makes me a horrible person. Now, the people on there call themselves Independent Baptists, and one of the major things they get really worked up about is the King James Version of the Bible. It is the ONLY version. Anything else is toilet paper. One of the members even said that the KJV was the Bible Jesus wrote, and this statement was met with approval (see, I told you this place was great!). So what is the deal with this? I have tried to figure it out, but everything I find just restates this as fact (“The King James Version of the Bible is the only correct version; if you read something else you are misinformed and going to hell”) and never really bothers to explain why this is so. Is this just a major case of stupidity? As in, these people really don’t understand that Jesus never wrote anything, let alone a Bible in English? And it’s not just this place; I’ve seen it repeatedly stated that the KJV is the Infallible Word of God, even to the point of saying if the original Greek differs from the way the KJV puts it, it is the Greek that is wrong.
So, what I’m asking is, How old is this convention? How widespread? And how did it start?