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Can you tell me how to properly dispose of an unusable Bible? I was walking for exercise when I fund a Bible (KJV) that had been thrown out by the roadside. After being exposed to the elements, in was unreadable. I could only tell it was a Bible from the book headings. Since I live in the U.S. I was thinking for having friend burn it when he (respectfully) burns flags. Would that be appropriate?

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Jo

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There's always a reluctance about disposing of holy books, even in tatters. The Church of England has no official guidance. I'd think to dispose with it as is best for the environment - e.g. in the UK most local councils offer paper recycling. Personally, I'd see little difference between burning or putting it in the trash (but if the latter is used to generate energy, that's burning without as much pollution).

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Rev Steve Parish

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I hope to answer questions on the theology, history, and constitution (there isn`t one!) of the Church of England (but not necessarily on the wider Anglican Communion)

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A priest in the Church of England for over 30 years, with some specialist knowledge of the 19th century
I hold a Master's degree in Applied Theology
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Church Times; Church of England Newspaper; Lion Encyclopedia of the Bible

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