gospel of the written word

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spinner82

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English - UK
I've tried to translate the following sentence into French, but it doesn't quite sound right. Can anyone offer suggestions? Thanks

All this might seem to be the medium's greatest advantage: respect. But that is what holds the book back from the progress that could save and spread the gospel of the written word.

Tout cela peut sembler être le plus grand avantage de l’intermédiaire: le respect. Mais qui est ce qui tient le livre des progrès qui pourraient sauver et répandre l'évangile de la parole écrite.
 
  • chrisp124

    Senior Member
    French (France)
    Suggestions :
    the medium = ce moyen de communication
    holds = empêche
    the gospel of the written word = la bonne parole transmise par les livres
     

    spinner82

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Thanks! So you suggest:

    Tout cela peut sembler être le plus grand avantage ce moyen de communication: le respect. Mais qui est ce qui empêche le livre des progrès qui pourraient sauver et répandre la bonne parole transmise par les livres?
     

    chrisp124

    Senior Member
    French (France)
    Plutôt : Mais c'est ce qui empêche le livre de faire les progrès qui pourraient justement conserver et répandre la bonne parole.
     

    Dr. Baha'i

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I agree with Chrisp's first two points in his first response, but am not so sure about "la bonne parole transmise par les livres." My sense is that the "gospel" here is, if you will, "preaching" the importance of the written word itself, rather than delivering a religious message.

    So for that part, I agree with Spinner's first attempt: "l'évangile de la parole écrite." Naturally, I might have mistaken the meaning, but that is how it strikes me.
     

    chrisp124

    Senior Member
    French (France)
    Je n'employais pas bonne parole dans un sens religieux mais dans le sens de bonnes idées.
    Mais je suis néanmoins d'accord avec Dr. Baha'i.
     
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