So Many Questions About The American Bible Challenge, Which Casts in Dallas Saturday

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So. This happened yesterday:

Hi,

I hope all is well with you!

I wanted to let you know that GSN (Game Show Network) is coming to Vista Ridge Mall in Dallas next Saturday, June 2nd looking for Dallas' best and brightest contestants to cast in our upcoming series, "THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE," a new game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. We'd love to invite you to come cover an event of biblical proportions!

We hear the people of Dallas are super fun, passionate about pop culture, love competition, and of course, you guys have an awesome knowledge of the Bible, so we're coming your way.

The First 500 people to come out will receive a special gift!

We've got nothing else to add. But we have questions. Chiefly:

Is this the end? Of game shows? Of the world? Is this merely the start? Of the Next Great Evolution of game shows? Of the Rapture? Is Jeff Foxworthy the next Steve Harvey? Is Jeff Foxworthy now more Steve Harvey than Steve Harvey? Is this really happening? What's the gift? Is it a Bible? Is it Heaven? A crucifix? A T-shirt with, sic, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE in all caps and italics?

How would you even format that? All on one line? Two? Three?

Were the Mayans right? Is Harold Camping right? Is he still even alive? Is there wine in the green room? Is there grape juice? Are there wafers? Are they vanilla?

What about shellfish?

Is it like Jeopardy? Is it like Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? Can you phone a friend? What if your pastor's your friend? What if you're in between churches?

What do guys wear? What do girls wear? Does "sex sells" apply here? How much money are we talking about for the winner? Do you have to donate to a faith-based organization? What if you're an atheist? And while we're at it, if you're an atheist, are you the crowd favorite or the villain? What if you're a priest? What if you're a Muslim? What if you think Obama's a Muslim?

Does everyone pray onscreen or off? In the opening credits, or closing ones? What's the protocol on praying to win? Whatever happened to Elimidate? Why no Howie Mandel? Would you be able to help yourself from cheating? Is there a study packet? Is that study packet just called the Bible? If you win, how do you celebrate? Do you stop going to church? Do you dance? What if you're Baptist? What if you can't dance? If you lose, do you fall through the floor? Are we onto something here?

Are you going to show up Saturday? Do you really think you know the Bible better than anyone else? Do you think Dallas does? What about Abilene? Does "American" in the title refer to the contestants or the version? What if you're Canadian? What if you're Mexican? Will the bonus round feature Planet Kolob?

Seriously, is this really happening? Why are we so excited? What are the odds that this makes it to a second season? What are the odds that This Changes Everything? Should we be even taking bets? Is the show going to air on Sundays? Should it air on Sundays? What happens if you don't tune in? We mean, in the grand scheme of things?

By the way, who's even got the balls to sponsor this? And what's the etiquette on saying "balls" on a Christian cable game show?

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Powell Gayle
Powell Gayle

Haters..all day!!!! If it was a homosexual show it would be #1 on your list. Your rantings are stupid and you sound very lonely. I think this idea is GREAT!!!!!!

SomebodyHugHim
SomebodyHugHim

Thank you so much, Mrs. Palin, we'll keep that in mind.

 

Please return to needle pointing the heartwarming 'I hate fags' sign for your bunker.

Nuh uh
Nuh uh

Um... the sign comes from Bill Engvall...

Dawnpickering
Dawnpickering

Boy do I have a friend 4 u. Her name is deb n she will challenge anyone! We call her church lady. She lives in michigan n I would love 2 challenge her. Email me @ dawnpickering@comcast.com if interested-

The Servant
The Servant

This is going to be good.  With this many people desparately trying to discredit it before it even airs and destroy it before anything concrete is known about it there must be something big happening here. I'd say many of you have solid reason to be scared, and it's obvious that you are.  A show like this might just change the face of everything you hold *sacred* - television, movies, media, game shows, living however you want, yourselves etc.  I'm assuming you are all highly critical of all the solid family oriented Christian based movies that have started coming out (eg. "Courageous").  This is just far too much fun - thank you all.  Based on this response, this sort of thing might just destroy everything you've worked for in the past years - it's taken you so long to get here, you must be concerned as you see it collapsing around you.

Dmbunker
Dmbunker

My question is, "Who is Greg Howard? I have a fair amount of cynicism on any given day to dole out but certainly dissing "The American Bible Challenge" would not be the repository of all my clever quips. Get a life dude. Take a chill pill and get over yourself. And does this paper pay you? Someone's discernment is lacking besides yours.

Sara Munoz
Sara Munoz

Laughing very hard.ETA: And most assuredly, sex sells. I guarantee they cast plenty of eye candy.

Jeneheffer
Jeneheffer

The Holy Bible is most important to Christians as is having a relationship with God. If Jeff Foxworthy emcees a game show about knowledge of the Bible then perhaps viewers will learn something and be entertained as well. It is about time that better programming is offered than the usual fare that gets baser every season. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If you get excited about a bible game show and make sure to highlight in your TV Guide when to set the VCR to record it....

you might be a redneck!

Royalties, Jeff. I want royalties.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 and every contestant gets a sign...

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

I'd like to see the rule book.  Are we talking Old and New Testament?  Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic?  King James?  Who judges the answer: is this just a memorization contest or are there points for academic and personal interpretation?  Is it bad manners to celibrate the opponents defeat?  What are the prizes.

This is more stupid than the Dallas remake.

cp
cp

My main question is this: when did Vista Ridge Mall get inside Dallas? 

az
az

Blasphemers!  How dare they create a game show to challenge the Bible!  

Golden Rule
Golden Rule

It's just a game show.  About a book. A book that lots of people read and which generates a lot of good works (not 100% good, but just as any other holy book/controversial book also fuels the flames of radicals). From what I read, the show is not sponsored by or connected with a church/denomination/pastor - which is only smart for the show's producers.  

Perhaps we should consider applying the 'Golden Rule' here: "do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Law and Prophets = Bible). That's from the Bible: Matthew 7:12.  Maybe this will show up in whatever show this becomes.  These are words of Jesus (leader of Christianity, legit prophet "Isa" in the eyes of Muslims, supreme example of self-realization according to many Hindus, "the liberator" to many Buddhists).  

Matthew 7 also includes the words "Do not judge, or you too will be judged".  Matthew 7 addresses a lot of what the gripes about the modern 'church': judging, wolves in sheep's clothing (corrupt pastors), having good 'fruit' vs. just talking about religion (see below).  

Unfortunately, many who call themselves "Christians" fail to even read, much less follow Matthew 7.  That is probably the source of so much of the negativity in these comments: experience with "Christians" who fail to live up to the Matthew 7 words of Jesus himself.

IslandAtheist
IslandAtheist

With all the rape, genocide and infanticide of the bible, it must surely be rated "R".

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

WOW.  Outrageously bigoted and hateful story, Obs.

Seems the author and many commenters are unclear on something.  You don't have to watch this.  It's a TV show.  On a fairly minor cable network.  

Also, it certainly doesn't sound 'anti' anything.  Not malicious, hateful, evil, or negative in any way.  (Any comments about how the Bible is inherently those things will be quietly mocked then ignored.)  

Finally, the Bible is kind of a popular book. More popular than Twilight, even!  Loads of people have read it and even memorized big swaths of it.  So having a show based around it and testing their knowledge of it isn't all that odd.  

Now go ahead and continue your butthurt railing against the concept, mingled with jeers at how silly the concept is, and the rest of us will sit here happy that a TV show is casting in Dallas.

SomebodyHugHim
SomebodyHugHim

Thanks ever so much, Justin, for  clarifying and pointing out how 'WE are the ones who hate' while your Christians continue to 'use the Bible' ( more properly ABUSE) to justify and authorize racial, sexual and cultural bigotry.

 

You know...it's funny. I've read the good book twice, cover to cover, in two languages and I still don't see a happy ending in there, but enjoy your belief system nonetheless.

 

And just a reminder, we don't give a shit what you believe as long as you don't try to justify hatred, bigotry, oppression and slave ownership based on your beliefs. We kinda see right through that bullshit.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

"Finally, the Bible is kind of a popular book. More popular than Twilight, even!"

I made this same point about Toby Keith's new bar, and I think it applies here:

So what?  Just because something is popular doesn't mean it's not a crass, cynical money-grab.

Additionally, equating the Bible with a wish-fulfillment series of vampire novels written for teenagers doesn't really lend much strength to the argument.

Dave
Dave

I miss Big Bob's subtlety.

mydeepestapologies
mydeepestapologies

Now, if we could just get King Diamond to host an 'American Satanic Bible Challenge' game show...maybe, I could get back some of that misspent youth of mine.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I should go and wear a t-shirt that says:

thank dog I'm gay

That oughta break the ice.

 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'm gonna wait for Wheel of Atheism.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

Any and all future proposed, accepted, piloted and commissioned religiously-themed game shows featuring "Wheel" in the title are the sole property of the Nation of Islam and the Elijah Mohammed, and will prominently feature the "Wheel in the Sky".

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

That's the only good Journey song, ever.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 I wouldn't mind seeing Holyland Squares, with Paul Lynde in the center square.

Paul
Paul

 or Dancing with the Saints ...

Timothy Ahlen
Timothy Ahlen

I don't know about the rants from the Christian baiters, but I can answer one of Mr. Howard's questions-- The answer (not in the Bible, BTW) to the Mayan issue is this: They didn't stop projecting dates beyond 2012 because the world is going to end.  They had to stop because the Mayan government had run up a national debt so huge that the Mayan government had to lay off all their calendar makers, and outsource the work to Rome.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

I figured they ran out of room on the stone, looked it over and said "Enough, after 2000 or so years, someone else can figure it out."

Thomaeaquinotabene
Thomaeaquinotabene

Let's say that the Bible is nothing more than a work of fiction.  What is the problem with having a contest to see who knows best the contents of the book? 

I honestly don't understand the snark and barely contained hostility that this site and many of its commenters hold toward anything religious.  Especially Judeo-Christian religion.  Funny thing is, I never, ever, ever read anyone poking fun of or saying nasty things toward Islam or Muhammad, or Allah.  Nope. Never.  The oh so brave Observer, ahem, journalists and bloggers and their ever erudite commenters... fearless in the face of the tyrannical, the oppressive, the non-thinking, and the superstitious... yeah, whatever. 

"Pious garbage."  The show hasn't even been taped yet, but somehow you've seen and judged it.  You're a small minded joke. 

Why would anyone assume that because someone has knowledge of the Bible and wishes to go on a game show to display said knowledge, they must be a literalist?   Another small minded joke.  You're parents wasted their money on your Ursuline education.  You've also implicitly named yourself, the Episcopalian church, and Ursuline as literalists.  But I bet your joke mind didn't/doesn't grasp that particular.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

I just love it when you "Bitter Clingers" poke your heads out on threads like these and bring up the whole: "Why, you'd never dare to say that about Islam / Muhammed!" It says not a thing about those you're trying to impugn, but is very revealing about your own basic nature and desires. Can you say "Projection"? You do know what projection is, right?

I think that y'all are just a bit jealous of Islam in this respect. You'd really like nothing more than to persecute any and all that don't come around to your way of thinking. You all claim to be so afraid of "Sharia", but you'd like nothing better than to have your *own* religious beliefs codified into U.S. law. Hypocrites.

The only difference between their "Allah" and your "God" is in who's imagination they respectively toil. They are both fever dreams of ancients that didn't know any better. I am not afraid to tell any muslim or christian that their religion is complete and utter hooey.

mydeepestapologies
mydeepestapologies

You obviously have never heard/read the book, 'Why i'm not a Muslim' by Ibn Warraq, then. There are folks who do critique Islam and the like. It's just that you're not going to hear it as much, on these boards, or in American society as much; because most were born into or know Christianity. It's also why we make fun of Justin Bieber and not whatever the Arabic version of him is. We tend to make fun of things we have a bit of knowledge about....and we tend to fear that which we haven't much(knowledge) of. 

Breadbaker1978
Breadbaker1978

Sounds good. Is partly right. But also not the whole story. You don't hear a lot of Islam bashing because the Observer writers know they can say whatever the hell they want about white, Christian, American males (who they always presume are GOP cheerleaders) and no one will bat an eye, including the w, C, A, males.  Not so much with some Muslims.  There's also the tyranny of the p.c. police that holds keeps writer and anonymous commenter at bay.  So let's call it what it is.

mydeepestapologies
mydeepestapologies

What about the Nation of Islam(I know the mainstream muslims don't recognize them as one of their own, but)? The DO( and this particular author of this blog post) have gone after some of their leaders....as has the following commenters concerning those stories. I believe your feelings of indignation towards the p.c. police and the Observer peanut gallery are a bit unfounded. I just don't think that the Muslim community in Dallas(of which this paper mainly writes about) cause much of a stir....but I suppose i'll have to wait for 'American Quran Challenge' to be sure of this rag and its corresponding groupies, intentions. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

 Poop on mohammad.

So, why don't we delve into the vibrant world of Greek gods and goddesses? There's tons of them, one for everything.Stupid xtianity just has the one and his illegitimate kid.

Meh.
Meh.

I wouldn't say they wasted their money; nor did I implicitly name myself, the Episcopal church, or Ursuline as literalists. From those experiences, I learned a great deal of theological ideas and history. 

As an aside, I've found that many people who "know" God's word tend to pick and choose from the writings that, many years after their creation, were themselves cherry-picked to be in the Bible.My assumption is that there will be two camps of people who would be interested in being on this show: those who know the Bible as a written tome and take an unemotional approach to it, and those who take a very emotional heartfelt approach to it.At least that's how my "joke mind" sees it. 

Thomaeaquinotabene
Thomaeaquinotabene

The way in which you phrased your statement did indeed implicitly put yourself, Ursuline, and the Episcopalian church in the literalist camp.  I'm sorry that you're unable to see this.  I'm also sorry that your theological and historical education appears to be wanting--especially where the formation of the OT and NT canons are concerned.  (Or perhaps it's your notion of what the term "cherry-picked" means?) 

I find that all people, and I will use your term here, cherry-pick most all of their beliefs.  And so your point is? 

I'm willing to bet that you're a regular Observer reader; that you most likely agree with most of what's offered here.  Yes?  And I'll bet you think of yourself as an egalitarian-minded person.  Yes?  Well then why aren't you egalitarian-minded when it comes to believers?  Why don't you offer them the same epistemic charity that I'm sure you afford to everyone else? 

Do you think that a believing, say, NT scholar thinks about the Bible in a wholly emotional way?  Do you also think that one cannot be both emotional and yet do their best to be objective?  Do you actually believe that there is such a thing as an unemotional, completely objective approach to anything; that there exists the "presupposition-less human being"?  Do you?

Meh.
Meh.

It's cool. I'm starting my own denomination: Implicitarians.

Rtgolden
Rtgolden

I may be a layman hick, severely lapsed Lutheran, with serious reservations in regards to organized religion, but I do fail to see where 'Meh' up above implied they were literalists.  Perhaps, without snark, you could put the link between ".. could do serious damage to the theologic certainty of more than a few literalists. " and "I am a literalist."I'm not contradicting your statement, just asking that you put the logic down here in simple, straightforward layman's terms.For the record, I don't see a problem with this show, it can't be any worse than 90% of what is on network or cable television, I do read this blog regularly, with an open mind to both sides of most stories, and disagree with plenty on here.

Thomaeaquinotabene
Thomaeaquinotabene

You're joking, right?  Do know what the term "implicit" means and how one draws implicit conclusion(s) from a proposition?  Obviously not.  Do you know the difference between necessity and possibility (and thus their negations)?  Obviously not.  The whole of your comment is utterly nonsensical. 

scottindallas
scottindallas

 she did not equate Ursuline and the Episcopal church with literalists, and, of course they aren't.   They'd own up to cherry picking from the Bible, though they don't think what they read is to be taken literally.  The Bible is an equivocal work, so taking it literally, or even claiming to do so, is an impossibility

Albert
Albert

"I never, ever, ever read anyone poking fun of or saying nasty things toward Islam or Muhammad..."Dude, that would be totally un-PC, bigoted and disrespectful towards other cultures, many of them brown, and it might be dangerous as hell.

cp
cp

Hum. Maybe because we're afraid that if we do say something nasty about that goat-sucking religion called Islam, they'll fly airplanes into our homes. All Christians ever do is picket and pound on pulpits.....

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