Worst verse scenario

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16 July 2009

by Ed Beavan

THE irreverent Christian website Ship of Fools is searching for the “textus rejectus” — the Bible verse people would most like to see “fired from the canon of Scripture”.

Featured in their online section “Chapter and Worse”, they are urging people to send in verses that are “irredeemably naff, mind-numbingly boring”, or “offensive or cruel”.

Steve Tomkins, the contributing editor for Ship of Fools, said everyone has a favourite verse in the Bible, “but, if we are honest, people also find some verses offensive or tough to understand.

“For every hymn to the loveliness of love, there’s a story about someone being squished for worshipping the wrong God. For every wise saying, there’s an incomprehensible law. For every verse Martin Luther King proclaimed on the streets of Ala-bama, there’s one Fred Phelps shouts at gay funerals.”

Verses to have been named so far include Psalm 137.9: “Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock.”

Nominations are being accepted until the end of the month, after which there will be an online vote.

www.shipoffools.com

 

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