As “The American Bible Challenge” Debuts, Fans Will Find Their Own Challenge on Facebook
American Bible Society Helps Game Show Network Bring the Bible Challenge Home with Facebook App
NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2012—An overwhelming majority of Americans - 85 percent - have a Bible in their homes. But this week, their knowledge of the best-selling book of all time will be put to the test in a new television series from the Game Show Network, The American Bible Challenge.
For those not lucky enough to be selected for the show, American Bible Society is helping Facebook users test their own Bible knowledge from the comfort of their own homes. The American Bible Challenge Facebook App with exclusive content provided by American Bible Society will launch this week to coincide with the show's premiere.
"The American Bible Challenge app is designed to be a lot of fun. But I think people who play will discover just how much they really know about the most famous book of all time," said Geoffrey Morin, chief communications officer of American Bible Society. "In American Bible Society's State of the Bible survey earlier this year, 79 percent of people surveyed said they believe they are knowledgeable about the Bible, but only 46 percent were able to correctly identify the first five books of the Bible. So clearly there's a disconnect."
Whether the game show's contestants win big or head home chagrined, Morin says that the very existence of The American Bible Challenge is a good thing for America.
"From poverty to politics, environment to ethics, revolution to romance, the Bible has always addressed society's most pressing issues," said Morin. "A TV show centered on Bible knowledge speaks to the enduring relevance of the Bible in our everyday lives."
About American Bible Society:
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 196-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation’s oldest nonprofit organizations, today's American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time.