So, I feel I’ve seen this answer around somewhere before, but my wife suggested I ask so I have a better answer to give.
My mother-in-law (a bit of an anti-Catholic) posted something on Facebook regarding the history of the Bible with a somewhat derogatory statement about the Catholic Church. This is the first time she’s posted something like this on Facebook. So I posted something in reply about the availability of the Bible and the reason why it was mostly distributed in Latin. She responded with saying that people in England and in other places were burned at the stake for writing English translations of the Bible. Now, I did do some quick research and found out about Tyndale, who wrote an English translation, and was burned at the stake, but he was killed for heresy and not having written a Bible translation.
Now, this was only a quick search, so I didn’t look to see what heresy it was, but is there any legitimacy to the claim that some people were burned at the stake for writing a local language translation of the Bible?
Like I said, I feel I already know the answer to this, but if someone could give me a good rebuttal for this.
P.S. She isn’t one to always listen to reason, but will back down occasionally. Also, my sister-in-law (her own daughter) liked my comment and apparently tried to tell her mom the same thing before I posted it. My mother-in-law is very bipolar in regards to the Catholic Church. Sometimes she’ll be saying something that makes it seem like she’s “buddies” with the Catholic Church, but then other times she’s condemning it (mostly behind my back and to my wife). My wife takes my side, though.
Thanks in advance for the answers.