September 14th, 2003


Area Teen say Bible, "Too Big, Freaky Looking."

The Word of God in an Abercrombie and Fitch World


'In focus groups, online polling, and one-on-one discussion, Transit has found that the number one reason teens don't read the Bible is that it is "too big and freaky looking."'

I read about this in the Sunday NY Times: You'll be asked to register on their site and the link will eventually die.

In my web search, I found the book's publicist and requested a review copy. We'll see if they come through. While there's plenty about this to ridicule, I try in general to not ridicule other's beliefs. Indendent of one's feelings about Christianity, it's interesting that the Lord has people doing market research on his behalf. Not only that, there's apparently a whole world of Christian Publicists out there I never knew existed.

But hey, good ol Geoffrey Chaucer put it best: 'For oure book seith, "Al that is writen is writen four oure doctrine," and that is myn entente.' Chaucer felt need to preface 'Canterbury Tales' with this disclaimer, in case people missed the doctrinal significance of a bunch of monks forming a buttsniffing circle to share a fart. In that context, making the Bible look like a 4 color insert advertisement from Target is pretty innocuous.