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Revolve: The Complete New Testament Paperback – July 15, 2003
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For one, the format of the book is such that the Biblical text is secondary to the editorial comments, and at no point is the fact that the editorial comments are NOT the inspired word of God mentioned. Now, as a non-evangelical Christian, I do not believe that every single word of the Bible is true. However, even granting that premise to the editors of this vile publication, there should be a clear statement that the editorial text is not inspired. However, the introduction to Revolve states that everything in it is "absolute reality" and "totally true." And, the layout of the text is such that the editorial text and Biblical text runs together. For example, both a Biblical quotation and a quotation from one of the editorial sidebars will both be enlarged to equal size on the page, giving both equal weight. This seems to me a very deceptive way to convince young women who have been taught by their churches that every word of the Bible is true that the opinions of the editors are true, too. It's just gross, in my opinion.
And, the obsession with what girls are wearing is disgusting. In the pages of the magazine, girls who don't dress "modestly" (whatever that means) are called tramps and trash. Those are the exact words used. They are accused of tempting boys. In one very funny passage, they are told to give their "immodest" clothes to Goodwill, apparently indicating that it's okay for poor people to dress like "tramps," just not the good middle-class white girls Revolve sees as its audience.
This is just absolute garbage. Parts of it are just laughable, like the idea that coed prayer is "sketchy, and best reserved for when a couple is engaged" and the exhortation to "buy someone a Coke--and say you did it for Jesus!" But, many parts are for more damaging and dangerous. This is a book intended to confuse young women and to stifle any kind of independent thinking, and the unethical way it preys on the belief in Biblical infallibility of evangelical young women to convince them of the truth of the conservative, sexist ideas of the editors is shameful.
Yet another publication that Transit should be ashamed of.