Coming soon: a new game show called “The American Bible Challenge”

And the host is none other than Jeff Foxworthy:

For one hour, Foxworthy will grill contestants on their knowledge of the Bible, GSN — which once stood for Game Show Network — told advertisers Wednesday morning in Manhattan.

GSN said the questions will be “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture.” Can’t wait for the stoning-of-adulteresses question.

It appears contestants will be selected on the basis of their backstories, because GSN says contestants are going to share them with viewers at home and the studio audience.

And teams of contestants will represent “worthy faith-based organizations,” said GSN, without elaborating as to how it planned to weed out the unworthy ones.

“I am excited to be hosting a show about the best-selling book of all time,” Foxworthy, who already hosts GSN’s “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” said in Wednesday’s announcement.

“It will be interesting to find out what people really know, and an opportunity to present the Bible in a fun and entertaining way,” Foxworthy added.

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  1. I’m assuming they’ll be using the condensed version, rather than the full canon of Scripture. Should be interesting how they judge answers with various spellings, translations, etc.

    This may be wishful thinking, but if it is done with some taste, and with respect for the dignity of God’s word, I think it could do some good.

  2. Yes, I was also wondering what version they will be using.

  3. I’m hoping that one of the questions on “The American Bible Challenge” is this one: “Who shaped and settled upon the final composition of the Bible?”

    Answer: The Bishops of the Holy Roman Catholic Church

    Now, that should really get tongues wagging!

  4. Katie Angel says:

    Wow, I wonder how one can apply to be a contestant? This sounds like it could be pretty amazing. Of course, they are going to have to decide which version to use…..

  5. I suspect it will have a very short run. A season, at most, of new shows and then repeats in different time slots until the advertisers conclude it isn’t worth their investment.

  6. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    It’s a niche program on a small cable channel with a name star headlining it, who will likely appeal to evangelical and Bible belt viewers.

    It might do better than you think.

    Dcn. G.

  7. The snark just drips off this, and puddles in the WaPo combox. Interesting, though, that it’s backed by Mormons. Curious about which biblical canon they’re going with–and whether The Book of Mormon (the nonmusical version) will be included.

  8. Katie Angel says:

    Interesting question – that would definitely add a different flair to the show….

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