CBU Celebrates 400th Anniversary of King James Bible

Dr. Ellie G. BagleyDr. Ellie G. Bagley, Assistant Professor of Religion at Middlebury College and international expert on the Catholic response to the King James Bible, will present “Catholics and the King James Bible: Stories from England, Ireland, and America,” as part of the Catholic Roundtables at Christian Brother’s University, Monday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium on the CBU campus.

This fall, CBU is joining with other area institutions to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. This Bible is celebrated as a monument of English literature and a central text in British and American Protestantism, but what did Roman Catholics think of it?  Bagley’s talk will present a variety of Catholic responses to the King James Bible, from its initial publication in 1611 through its 300th anniversary in 1911.  The textual and theological objections posed by Catholic authors in England, Ireland, and the United States rallied support for the Douai-Rheims Bible in Catholic communities while also causing Protestants to re-examine their loyalty to the King James Bible, especially in the 19th century.

Dr. David Dault, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, notes “I’m very appreciative of the efforts of our colleagues at Rhodes College and across the city who are helping to make this series of events around the 400th anniversary a reality.  We hope that Dr. Bagley’s visit will add an important Catholic perspective to the symposia and discussions occurring throughout the fall here in Memphis in honor of the King James Version.”

A renowned expert on the Catholic response to the King James Bible, Bagley is currently presenting at conferences and exhibitions worldwide marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Her work draws attention to the criticisms posed by Catholics from 1611 through 1911 and their effects on Protestant communities in England, Ireland and the United States. Besides being an international lector, Bagley is well published and the author of Catholic Critics of the King James Bible, 1611-1911 which is forthcoming with Ashgate Press. Her current research focuses on the Catholic vernacular Bibles of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Bagley earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology from University of Oxford and M.A. in Editorial Studies and B.A. in English both from Boston University.

This lecture, as part of the CBU Catholic Roundtables, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. David Dault at (901) 321-3341 orddault@cbu.edu.

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