Evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and Mormons have long claimed C.S. Lewis as their own. So when HarperOne released The C. S. Lewis Bible (November 2010) -- pairing Lewis's celebrated spiritual writings with corresponding scripture passages -- it came as no surprise that it was largely embraced by the Christian community (and beyond). The NRSV is the most accurate, trusted, and readable translation available in English--the reason it was chosen by HarperOne.
But a faction of Evangelicals has recently come forward to express indignation with this adaptation. Some have taken to the airwaves, and others have started a petition to cease publication of The C. S. Lewis Bible. There are claims that the NRSV is too feminist and too liberal for Lewis--widely considered a fundamentalist hero--and a call to prevent one of their most important modern theologians from being co-opted by other Christian groups.
According to HarperOne SVP and Publisher Mark Tauber, this critical reaction comes as a surprise. Speaking to the brewing controversy, he said "I'm shocked that anyone could take offense to this Bible--a substantive, inspiring, and beautiful package." Tauber continued, "We assembled an incredible group of leading C. S. Lewis scholars, and I think the end result is a fitting tribute to one of the most revered Christian thinkers of our time."