GSN (formerly the Game Show Network) has stolen the title I’d hoped to use for a history of the U.S. for a new quiz program: The American Bible Challenge. Hosted by now-too-rich-to-be-a-redneck Jeff Foxworthy, the show will let contestants match wits while racking up cash for their favorite charities. In an article written for Religion News Service, Chris Lee describes the tone of the show:
The show tests biblical knowledge in culture, history, literature and current events. In one segment, players try to differentiate “the Word of the Lord” from “the Lord of the Rings” and identify whether a character comes from the Bible or Star Wars.
In a land where 1 in 10 think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife, this sounds like pure TV gold. We could all certainly use some education in the area. A 2010 Pew Forum survey concluded that “Atheists/Agnostics” outscored every other demographic in Bible knowledge. “White Catholics” were soundly beaten by “Jewish” (which is just embarrassing given that the Hebrew Bible is quite a bit shorter than our own), but managed to outperform “Nothing in particular.”
There’s not much to be proud of in those stats. Fortunately for us, pride is a deadly sin.
Should you like to banish your mental poverty and confine your humility to the spiritual, try some of Franciscan Media’s easy guides to the Bible. Or just try a Bible. Full of great stories, steamy love scenes, and soaring poetry, it won’t pause for commercial breaks or mock you if your family tree doesn’t fork. Don’t have a Bible handy? Ask your atheist friend. He’s probably already read it.
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