The Translation Program
History and Evolution
In 1975 A Course in Miracles made its public
debut in America, where it was so enthusiastically received by
thousands. English-speaking foreign students also discovered it
and began sharing its teachings with fellow enthusiasts in their
native countries. To date, A
Course in Miracles has been officially translated
in 25 languages.
The Foundation's translation program was established in 1982, and has evolved
substantially. We continually launch new language edition projects as qualified
translators become ready for the task. Currently, the translations we have completed
and cast into production represent about 93 percent of the world's population.
Our translators are all students of A Course in Miracles.
We learned early on that fully qualified translators must be totally prepared
for such a monumental task and willing to commit to it for at least the next
In 1995, the Foundation for Inner Peace realized an ever increasing need for
language translation funding. Foundation supporters and students of the Course from around the world helped make this happen.
Because A Course in Miracles' teachings are universally
spiritual and globally appealing, it naturally followed that the Course would
eventually be translated into other languages from the original English in which
Dr. Helen Schucman took it down. To ease their own studying and teaching efforts,
some began translating portions of the Course into their native tongues. However,
it soon became clear to the Foundation for Inner Peace, as stewards of the Course,
that such informal translations might misinterpret and misstate the Course's original meaning and message. Though unintentional, these novice translations
would lack consistency, thereby confusing both the meaning and intent of Course principles to other foreign students who were being drawn to its profound transforming
and healing ideas.
In 1982, due to this growing international interest and specific language-edition demand, the Foundation for Inner Peace established a translation program under the joint direction of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick of the Foundation for A Course In Miracles and Dr. William Whitson, who also serves as Vice President for Administration and Executive Secretary of the Foundation for Inner Peace. The first translation, a Spanish edition published in 1992, was soon followed by editions in German and Portuguese, and later Hebrew. These limited editions paved the way for worldwide circulation in all the following languages:
Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, Spanish, and Swedish.
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