:Almost all Protestants seem to think that the KJV is the bomb, :
Wrong. Probably a minority of Protestants these days use the KJV, though I don’t have statistics. Among evangelicals the NIV is probably the most popular, while among “mainline” churches the NRSV is favored. Others may use the NASB or the RSV, and a large number rely on some sort of paraphrase such as the Living Bible or the Message. The KJV is the classic translation of English-speaking Protestants, and a large number of fundamentalists and a much smaller number of traditionally or aesthetically-minded non-fundamentalists continue to use it (I grew up with it and still have a lot of affection for it, but I use various versions).
I have to wonder why people on this board consistently identify Protestants as a whole with extreme fundamentalists. I grew up around fundamentalists, so I certainly know they exist and are a significant part of the religious landscape. But they aren’t a majority of Protestants (not the kind who use the KJV and think Catholics aren’t Christians–“fundamentalists” as the media defines them may possibly be, or at least close to half). Furthermore, most Catholics live in parts of the country where fundamentalists are not numerous. I grew up in a very fundamentalist region (East Tennessee), but there were hardly any Catholics there. Now I live in a region where there are lots of Catholics (New Jersey), but there are hardly any fundamentalists. These are not populations that generally live in large numbers side by side. So why do most Catholics on this board identify Protestants overwhelmingly with fundamentalists?
I can think of two possible reasons for this. One is that you get most of your information about Protestant religious beliefs from the Internet (you are obviously, by definition, the sort of people who frequently use the Internet), and fundamentalists do live in proximity to Catholics on the Internet, because they frequently show up on Catholic boards and because a google search for Catholicism will turn up fundamentalist anti-Catholic sites as well as Catholic ones. I suppose it’s also possible that you are aware of lots of off-line fundamentalist propaganda as well because it’s so shrill and so often directed against Catholics, but it still seems to me that geography would be a limiting factor.
So the second possibility is that many of you come from parts of the country where there are not many Catholics, which also tend to be the areas where there are lots of fundamentalists. That makes sense, because people who feel isolated from like-minded believers are likely to show up on the Internet. So I wonder how representative you guys are of Catholics nationwide? Maybe I should start a poll . . . .
I may be wide of the mark. There are plenty of places where Catholics and fundamentalists rub shoulders–large cities, for instance. And fundamentalists are so noisy that maybe they still seem like a majority even when they are anything but.