USA Today article about a new Bible translation called "The Voice." At the time I noted that, according to the article, the name "Jesus Christ" does not appear nor do "angels" or "apostles." I added a line about how I can hear the conspiracy theorists already.
Tuesday was a busy day for me and I didn't have time to go into more detail about the "voice." And I thought that the USA Today article did a good job of explaining what the translation was doing. For instance, instead of calling Jesus "Christ" they often call him "anointed one," which is 100% accurate and probably works better than "Christ" since most people don't know that Christos is the Greek word for anointed one. Angels are called messengers, also very accurate, and apostles are called emissaries, which also works well.
But it appears that some have already assumed that what the translators have done is take Christ out of the Bible. In fact, many of the news outlets have encouraged this by using the headlines "The Voice Bible Takes 'Christ' Out of the Bible." Only later in the article do you discover that Jesus is still in the Bible. What did happen is that the translators wrote this Bible like a screen play so that it would be more accessible to those who don't normally read the Bible.
I played around on the translation's website Hear the Voice. You can search the Voice and compare it to other translations. I admit, this translation will not be for everyone, but no translation ever is. It is targeted at a specific audience, as are most translations. But it may be what helps some people better understand what they are reading. What this is NOT is a deep, dark conspiracy to destroy the Bible and enslave the minds of unsuspecting Christians in preparation for the Antichrist. It is an attempt to do what translators have been doing since the first gospel writers put the Aramaic words of Jesus into Greek. It is an attempt to make the Bible accessible and understandable.
Here are two videos that you may find interesting. The first is the promo-video from the Hear the Voice website. The second is a CNN interview with David Capes a translator on the project. Whatever you think of this translation, please keep in mind that it is not a conspiracy.