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a movement formed for the translation, printing, and dissemination of the Holy Scriptures; for much of its history it was predominantly Protestant, but there now is considerable Roman Catholic and Orthodox involvement. The Canstein Bible Society established (1710) by Baron von Canstein at Halle, Germany was an important early organization. In 1780 the Bible Society was formed in England to distribute Bibles among soldiers and sailors; the name was later changed to the Naval and Military Bible Society. A pioneer and leader is the British and Foreign Bible Society founded (1804) in London, beginning its work with Welsh Bibles for Thomas CharlesCharles, Thomas,
1755–1814, Welsh nonconformist clergyman. He was brought up under Methodist influence, attended Oxford (1775–78), and was ordained in the Church of England.
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. With branches throughout the world, it has distributed Bibles in hundreds of languages. In the United States the formation of Bible societies began early in the 19th cent. Delegates from these associations founded (1816) the American Bible Society, which has many affiliates. Through its work, the Bible has been translated into many languages and has been distributed widely. A 1898 meeting in Boscobel, Wis., led to the founding of the Christian Commercial Men's Association of America, more usually known as the Gideons, International. Its program of placing Bibles in hotel rooms for use by commercial travelers and others has made the organization internationally known. In 1946, delegates from 13 countries formed an international association known as the United Bible Societies, with headquarters in London and in Geneva; there are now 127 member societies.
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(7) Following the Philadelphia model, new Bible societies quickly sprung up in American cities and towns, with more than a hundred in existence by 1816.
UBS is a global alliance of some 150 international Bible societies that operates in 200 countries, including the Philippines.
See Charles Carroll Bitting, Bible Societies and the Baptists: Compiled from Published Documents (Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1883), 41-48.
In 1814 Elias Boudinot had tried, with scant success, to unite the local and state Bible societies into a unified whole that could better coordinate the publication and distribution of Bibles.
"Bible Societies throughout the world are indebted to the nation and people of Wales for establishing what is now a global movement operating in 200 countries.
Eliot as vulgar, trivial, and pedantic and later to fall more generally out of favour, but so enthusiastically promoted by British Churches and Bible societies in the 1960s that it all but banished the King James Bible from many congregations and schools.
This was apparent, for instance, when John MacHale, a rising member of the Catholic hierarchy, published a series of letters exposing the proselytizing tactics of evangelical bible societies. These influential letters, written between 1820 and 1823, aided the cause of Catholic emancipation and helped to harden Irish attitudes towards the Protestant establishment.
If one may talk about movements that make Christian history, the Bible Societies movement that started in 1804 is one of them.
Through a partnership between the United Bible Societies and the China Christian Council, the Amity Printing Press was born in 1988; in its first full year of operation, it printed 500,000 Bibles.
He was Canadian delegate to the first World Assembly of the United Bible Societies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1972 -- the year of the first Russia-Canada hockey series.
By the early part of the nineteenth century, Bible societies had been organized to "civilize" working-class immigrants.
"Pests of this sort must be destroyed by all means," insisted Pope Pius IX, in his 1866 encyclical Quanta Cura, where he ranked Bible societies with socialism and communism on a list of social evils.