An item that is flying off the shelves this holiday season is the New American Standardized King James Bible (NASKJB). While other translations of the holy book of Christianity are good faith efforts to spread the “good word” this version is what many are calling the Prank Bible.
To the casual observer, the Prank Bible looks like any other Bible. Its cover features bold, gold lettering on a black background. Once opened the reader finds the familiar chapters and verses format for easy reference.
However, a deeper look shows the NASKJB is not your run-of-the-mill translation.
While the Book of Job, Genesis, Revelation, and other familiar books can be found, there are additions. For example, nestled between 2 Samuel and 1 Kings is the Book of Sagan featuring quotes from the famed astronomer Carl Sagan. Secular readers will delight to passages like Sagan 1:1
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
Noted evolutionary biologist, author, and advocate for atheism Professor Richard Dawkins has quotes peppered throughout the NASKJB. When Jesus is praying to God in the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22 he quotes Dawkins from The God Delusion.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully
Conservative Christians are calling the NASKJB an abomination and calling for it to be banned. Atheists, agnostics, and other subversives have other plans.
“I’m giving a NASKJB to my nephew,” said one anonymous uncle. “He’s really religious. Hopefully, this Bible will knock some sense into him.”
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