Could an Atheist Team Win ‘The American Bible Challenge’?

Anyone want to be on a game show? Because they’re casting for “The American Bible Challenge” with Jeff Foxworthy right now.

YouTube Preview Image

Imagine a team of well-versed atheists taking first place! And all winnings go to charities. We just missed the Atlanta casting call but those of you in the Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas areas still have a chance!

Tentative Schedule
Los Angeles: May 14th-June 8th
Chicago: June 1st-3rd
Dallas: June 1st-3rd
(June 2nd “Vista Ridge Mall” beginning at 10am) First 500 people receive a free gift!

WHO:
We want teams made up of three people — Grab your friends, your bible study partners, your family members or your coworkers! Teams of three people who have competitive spirits, great personal testimonies, a general knowledge of pop culture – and, of course, you have to know your Bible! Do you love the Bible, want to share your knowledge, and compete to win money for the charity of their choice?! SIGN UP!

WHAT:
OPEN CASTING CALL: GSN (Game Show Network) and the creators of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are looking for you! We are casting ”American Bible Challenge” with Jeff Foxworthy! We’re looking for teams of three! IF YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR THE BIBLE AND LOVE COMPETITION, THIS IS THE PERFECT GAME SHOW FOR YOU!

Come on, you know you wanna….

(Thanks to Bob for the link!)

About Ericka M. Johnson

As a lover of science and reason, Ericka M. Johnson has an affinity for evolutionary biology and is the president of Seattle Atheists. She revels in any opportunity for a thoughtful debate on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (especially over a pint.) Follow her on twitter @ErickaMJohnson

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ORRVVC5R2QWLTXEM6SX5L6BORE Jay Arrrr

    3 Atheists chosen at random could probably blow  Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Pat Robertson clean out of the water, but they’d be accused of cheating somehow.

    • JenniferT

       What, divine intervention?

    • RupertPupkin

      Yeah, sure three atheists chosen at random would no more than Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and Pat Robertson about the Bible. Sure they would.  I am an atheist, but the one thing that bothers me about a lot of other atheists I know is the fact that so many of them think their intellects are so superior to everyone else’s.  Regardless of what you think about those men personally, three atheists chosen at random are not going to know more about the Bible than three people who have spent their whole adult lives studying and speaking about it.    What are you going to claim next, that three toothless people chosen at random of the streets have a greater knowledge of the oral cavity than a dentist?

      • RupertPupkin

        And my first sentence should read, in part, “know more” rather than “no more”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3XQCK4YXFQ53W4YQQSIKQN55OE Big Paapa

      yeah,  lets get Christopher Hitchens!

  • Charlesdarwin59

    My worry with it would be that because we know the bible better we might be at a disadvantage depending on what types of questions they ask

    I imagine this:

    Q: “Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of…”

    Atheist: “broken jewish law regarding travelers”

    Jeff: ” Oh I am sorry the answer was homosexuals”

    • Baby_Raptor

      Yeah, but imagine that happening, and then you pulling out the bible and reading the verse that proves them wrong.

      Millions of fundie minds would explode…

      • Sindigo

        No they wouldn’t. I wish they would (figuratively speaking) but unfortunately they seem immune to the sort of cognitive dissonance that would cause a rational person’s mind to not only explode but potentially end the thought processes of all rational people within a 100 mile radius. I picture it being like Obi-Wan when Alderaan is destroyed. 

        “I felt a great disturbance in common sense, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in incredulity and were suddenly silenced.” 

        • SunsetKnights

           Sindigo, Contrariwise, I’ve seen em have blow-outs, time and again. Herds of “church folk” going into FULL BLOW-OUT,  after “initially hearing” some well-stacked contextual Scriptures AGAINST THEM, that are NEVER taught in their churches, which render their DE-nominational and NON-denominational “DOCTRINES” NULL AND VOID.  They DO throw screaming fits, but they REFUSE TO CONSIDER THEIR WAYS, and the majority never even THINK of considering a change.

          • Sindigo

            Now that I would like to see. Any chance they’re on Youtube?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=773692362 Jansen Waddell

    My inner troll is deeply, deeply aroused.

    too bad I’m not American, I’d have done some brushing up :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/FrightenedPeasant James Glidden

    One of the requirements is a “great personal testimony”  I guarantee you any group of atheists aren’t going to meet their idea of a great personal testimony.

    • Erp

       I doubt a group of Jews or Muslim would make it either but they explicitly list Jews and Muslims as options among the team’s religious affiliation (as well as other and won’t disclose).  Oddly enough they don’t seem to be allowing for mixed religious affiliation within a team.  One wonders which Bible they will be using (Catholics include the Deuterocanonical books and if they include those most Protestant teams will be toast)?  If they use the Ethiopian church list, we will see some very baffled teams.

      We’ll start with some fairly  simple questiona. In the Christian versions of the scriptures two books start with “in the beginning”, name them.  The Tanakh or Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three parts, name them (either English or Hebrew names).   What language was Daniel in the Catholic Bible originally written in.  Where was the Codex Sinaiticus stored for most of its history and why is it important?

      • RupertPupkin

        Given that the location of storage for the Codex Sinaiticus has nothing to do with the content of the Bible, such a question would be irrelevant

  • http://winlb.wordpress.com/ ToonForever

     I so want to do this…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Reed/692599362 Paul Reed

       Just had an idea:
      Set up a webcam to film you as you watch the show.
      Somehow prove that it’s live.
      Answer along with the contestants. Add up your score.
      Post to Youtube.

      Congratulations, you just virtually won the show!  :D

  • Revyloution

    Get Hector Avalos, John Loftus, Dan Barker and Michael Baigent.   Between them, they probably know more about the bible than all of the cardinals and bishops of the entire Catholic Church.

    • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

      One of these things is not like the others…

    • RupertPupkin

      Yeah, I kind of doubt it. 

  • snicketmom

    This is very tempting. I wonder if they would exclude us based on our testimonies?

    • Julie

      Since it is a television show and not a court of law, potential atheist contestants would not be perjuring themselves by taking creative license, as any performer might, and submit the required testimonial in order to qualify. Why should anyone really care, its only a game right???

      • Julie

        I wonder what sort of advice the ACLU would have?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Reed/692599362 Paul Reed

    Do you have to know the Bible, or do you have to *love* the Bible? I’d love to see atheists on a show like this, but I suspect they’re only going to allow Christians.
    Sounds like some kind of self-congratulatory attempt to downplay the whole “atheists know the Bible better than you” rumours they might have been hearing…

    Might be fun, anyway. You just know there’ll be Youtube videos after every episode pointing out the bits they got wrong or glossed over.

    Presumably they’ll try to avoid questions about interpretation, though. Unless the contestants are all the same denomination, that could get ugly!

  • http://stochasticscientist.blogspot.com/ KathyO

    I wonder what bible verses will be chosen. I’m guessing they won’t be the ones that show god off to be a petulant bully.

    • Glasofruix

       No shit, “Name the two daughters who got their father drunk and then raped him in order to get pregnant?”

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    There should be a Bible and scientific literacy game show. But then the theists would complain that they never win.

    • Sindigo

      No, they’d argue with the answers when they disagreed with the ramblings of bronze age farmers and then claim the show had an “agenda”.

      • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

        Ha! too true.

  • Fsq

    I think getting a team of atheists ul there that win wiuld be great, however, I sincerely doubt the casting agents will go for it.

    If you can convince them the controversy would generate huge ratings numbers though, well, that would almost guarantee an atheist team.

  • Gustavsnarp

    Paging Matt Dillahunty!

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      With Aron Ra and Thinking Atheist dude.  Or maybe Thunderf00t.

    • http://twitter.com/butterflyfish_ Heidi McClure

      Good idea. Matt would wipe the floor with pretty much anybody they put against him.

      • RupertPupkin

        I have a distinct feeling there are a whole lot of people there with  a greater knowledge of the Bible than Matt Dillahunty. 

    • AxeGrrl

      Pair him with Tracie Harris and game over!

    • http://www.quietatheist.com/ Slugsie

       My thoughts exactly. He knows his Holy Bibble.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cburschka Christoph Burschka

    Since they’re pro-Christian, you can be sure that they won’t be quizzing on any of the nasty parts.

    Sort of “name three of the ten commandments”: “Don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill… um… man am I glad three are enough.”

    Rather than: “What should you do to the inhabitants of a conquered nation you plan on settling in?” (kill them to the last child) or “why did God send bears to kill forty-two kids” (they made fun of Elisha’s baldness) or “what should be done to a woman assaulted within city bounds” (stone her, since she didn’t scream loud enough).

  • http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/ Timothy Brannan

    Do I wanna? No, not really.  But I would love an Atheist team to win this. 

  • TheAnalogKid

    I know the Bible fairly well, but I’m not proud of it. 

    • Robert

      I wish I knew it better, so I could be a better debater.

      • TheAnalogKid

        I wish that I had read Hector Avalos’ The End of Biblical Studies sooner.

        • Kld33

          you poor souls, leave the christians alone and just stay on your playboy channel.  

      • Wild Rumpus

         or a MASTER deBATER?

    • RupertPupkin

      Yeah, it’s better to be ignorant of various subjects than to actually know about the things with which you disagree. Anti-intellectualism is always the way to go. 

      • TheAnalogKid

        I don’t consider the study of the Bible to be all that intellectual a pursuit. There are much more interesting subjects to study. I spent enough of my time on the Bible. Let me sum up; the Bible is bullshit and a waste of time.

        • Kld33

          Funny your name should be angrykid not analog kid……the bible is inspiration for everything even Cinderella 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jadelackey Jade Lackey

    Would have to lie to get in so it would not be rigged, then once proclaimed winner, rip off collar button ups, and have atom shirts under it! RAHHHHH! 

    • Sindigo

      Atheists assemble!

    • Neuron

      YES! They can dress as Mormons!

    • Drew M.

       “By our powers combined!”

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    I think a team of atheists would have a very good chance to win, and the producers know this:  http://articles.latimes.com/2010/sep/28/nation/la-na-religion-survey-20100928  So they might not want to touch a team identified as atheists with a ten-foot pole.  Their main audience is highly religious Christians, many who would have a conniption fit that an atheist team was even allowed into the competition.  

    Short-term thinking producers might like the idea of all the free pre-competition publicity that the controversy from indignant Christians would provide. The longer-term thinking producers, and more importantly, boycott-shy sponsors might hesitate to alienate their audience base by bringing in those awful atheists and spoiling the good, clean, Christian-only competition. 

    If the atheist team actually won, many Christians would pass bricks through their colons that this humiliation was televised.  After they’d spent themselves on outrage, they’d be rationalizing that it doesn’t matter, since knowing the Bible isn’t nearly as important as believing the Bible. 

    Yeah, we got that, since the less you know it, the easier it is to believe it.

    • RupertPupkin

      Uh oh, they won’t let atheists into the competition.  Someone better sue them. 

    • LutherW

      Think of the publicity if atheists are not allowed on the show. We could win without answering a single question.

      Then hold our own Science competition and let every faith based ‘thinker’ in. Many would be afraid to say anything but the World is flat!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3XQCK4YXFQ53W4YQQSIKQN55OE Big Paapa

      How do you explain the fulfilled prophecies since you are so knowledgeable?
      Israel regathered to same land and name after thousands of years? First time in history of man!  Daniel’s  70 week prophecy re: death of Messiah?  Tyre? just to name 3/2000

      • M J Shepherd

         The Jews would like to have a word with your supposed claims to fulfilled prophecy: http://www.aish.com/jw/s/48892792.html

      • M J Shepherd
      • SunsetKnights

         (1) Biblical prophecy has been fulfilled OVER AND OVER for thousands and thousands of years.  READ YOUR BIBLE, Big Papa, (Ecclesiastes).. There is NOTHING NEW under the sun, and what YOU perceive as the “future” HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE.
        (2) The “Biblical” NATION OF ISRAEL consists of TWELVE Tribes.  There is only ONE tribe, JUDAH, occupying “what is called” Israel today.  As such, the TRUE Nation of Israel hasn’t even begun to pour into Israel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000731503850 Roxie Deaton

    Mike Aus and Teresa Macbain 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F_s_t250IU

    Also Jerry Dewitt, the first graduate of the Clergy Project and all-around great guy.

  • Robyman44

    Ooh! I live near Dallas. Don’t tempt me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/warmlittlepond Colin Wright

    Get Matt Dillahunty in that competition, now!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Porter/100001075278352 Ben Porter

    dude atheist have to get on this than announce themselves as atheist a little into the show so the filming is already done and the studio can’t back out. I know that i know the bible better than most of the christians i know. 

    • http://blauthor.blogspot.com/ Plum Jo

      The studio could back out by not airing it. The team would have to win, wait for the show to air, and THEN come out as atheist to make sure the message got out– and even then the episode would probably never be re-aired. 

      • neuron

        Just plaster it all over the internet. Most traffic would go to Youtube, but they’d need a backup on Vimeo in case people got butthurt and blocked the Youtube recording.

        • http://blauthor.blogspot.com/ Plum Jo

          Hahaha, I forgot about YouTube. Ooops. Good call. 

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

    I’m just shocked this is going to be on GSN. I would have thought a religious channel would be a better fit.

  • zeggman

    While it’s true that the average atheist knows the Bible better than the average Christian, you can bet your bottom dollar that you won’t be going up against average Christians on this show. You’ll be going up against Reverend Gene Scott risen from the dead, and his stripper wife, and some cyber-Bible built just for the competition.

    I live in L.A., and I wouldn’t mind joining a team here, but I think it’s folly to expect that the kind of questions they’ll be likely to ask are the kind of questions atheists are more likely to answer than someone who’s been leading a Bible study group for the past 20 years. Just sayin’.

    • RupertPupkin

      “While it’s true that the average atheist knows the Bible better than the average Christian…”

      It is? Why don’t you do us all a favor and cite some studies to back that assertion.  It is pretty funny how so many of the people here take it for granted that they know more about the Bible, and everything else, than Christians,  or any other non-atheist for that matter.  Every time I read various articles lamenting how atheists are so unpopular and what can be done about it, it makes me think of atheists who just assume they are intellectually superior to everyone else, regardless of the subject being discussed,  because they don’t believe in a god.  This message board is filled with nothing but people with the same exact attitude. They seem to take it for granted that they are everyone else’s intellectual superior.  The following quotes are perfect examples :
      “3 Atheists chosen at random could probably blow Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Pat Robertson clean out of the water, but they’d be accused of cheating somehow.”

      “Get Hector Avalos, John Loftus, Dan Barker and Michael Baigent. Between them, they probably know more about the bible than all of the cardinals and bishops of the entire Catholic Church”

      The first quote has the added bonus of containing two defining features of many atheists today: the constant complaints of victimization and the smug sense of intellectual superiority. 

      And I am an atheist, so don’t bother to try and attack me for believing in “fairy tales” or “myths” or any other  perjoratives so many atheists throw around right before they scratch their heads and wonder why they are so unliked.

      • Ndonnan

        Its true what you say Rupert, there is a lot of plain rude and immaturity inboth the posts and the comments.While there are also a number of obviously bright people and some that are very good with words,there really is very few who know very much at all about the bible ,despite assertions to the contrary.   

  • http://southernhumanist.wordpress.com/ R. Lee Bays

    Who else actually reads the Bible?

  • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium

    I expect that most of the questions on the show will go something like this “Name the chapter and verse for the following mealy-mouthed quote about love…”  Now name the chapter and verse for this passage about god’s law regarding unbelievers…”  Nothing substantive. just mindless memorization of the most appallingly non-useful information.  Worse than a spelling bee.  If somebody does not already have their brain stuffed full of this stuff ready to regurgitate, I’d never ask them to spend any time on it.

    • RupertPupkin

      Actually, I saw a story on this show while I was standing in line at a particular store.   Three short verses were placed on the screen and the contestants had to indicate which were contained in the Bible. The trick was that the verses had been rewritten in such a way to obscure their origins. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rhoades/100000175617377 Scott Rhoades

    Quick, someone call Robert Price the Bible Geek!
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000731503850 Roxie Deaton

    I think this is something to be explored further…one of the “religion” choices is “Not disclosed” and I think many atheists have a compelling story that could be considered great personal testimonies.

  • Wild Rumpus

    Ohhhhh please, seriously… someone from around here has GOT to get on that show!

  • Wild Rumpus

    While you are waiting for the show, [here] (http://www.christianity.com/trivia/question.php3?challenge=Y) is a Bible trivia challenge.

    Damn, I only got 33%

    • amycas

       I was at 60.1% when I stopped at question 200. How long is that test supposed to be?

  • Jfigdor

    If anybody is forming a team in LA, I would be interested in taking part. I’ll be the Executive Director of the Humanist Community at Stanford next year, so I’m only a short flight away in Palo Alto.

  • Chuck

    Oh, sweet Cthulhu! This idea is worth 9 circles of HELL F**KING YES!

  • http://bareatheism.blogspot.com/ Deven Kale

    I don’t know the bible all that well, so I wouldn’t be a good contestant for this. I don’t think it really matters anyway though. Unless they put this on CMT or some outright Christian channel it’s almost guaranteed to fail. TV shows like this don’t really have the largest audience, even in the best of circumstances.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3XQCK4YXFQ53W4YQQSIKQN55OE Big Paapa

    Thats a great ideal!  Many  Atheist (some Well Known) have become Christian after reading the bible and trying to prove it wrong! My favorites:  1) c.s. lewis 
    2) simon greanleaf  3) lionel luckhoo  4) lee strobel  - all incredible people!
    - they all started out to PROVE it FALSE!

    • M J Shepherd

      And Christians have become atheists trying to prove it right. We can both play this game. What’s your point?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3XQCK4YXFQ53W4YQQSIKQN55OE Big Paapa

    BE sure to sign Christopher Hitchens up on your team! He will lead you all by example!

  • Sbowers82

    Could just answer each question with ‘who gives a shit.’

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Nah, that’s Jeopardy Bible Challenge.  You know, “In the form of a question”.

  • SunsetKnights

    Though an avid Bible “scholar”, I would NEVER claim to be “christian”… But I love telling THEM what “THEIR Bible” says.  It is absolute CRIMINAL, the things those self-proclaimed “christians” and their self-ordained “reverends” say and do during one of “MY SERMONS”.  And I love the way the Scriptures “IN CONTEXT” burn a brand-new orifice on their rearward sides.  It’s actually a very sad thing, that those ring-nosed people PAY lying pastors to trick them at every turn.  In my overall findings, intelligent atheists have much more knowledge of the Bible than America’s so-called “christians” could ever wish to have.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X