David Ellis Dickerson, one of the writers for the trivia TV game show “The American Bible Challenge,” recalled at the TEDNYC Idea Search 2018 how he had to avoid certain topics in the Bible
Dickerson said the ‘conservative Christian” show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, only allowed “exciting family-friendly questions about the Bible.”
Dickerson said he was not allowed to write questions about incest, concubines and genocide because the producers feared “angry letters from conservative Christians furious that we had exposed their children to the Bible.”
Dickerson noted that no questions were allowed to mention the crucifixion because “people are eating.”
Dickerson said he was not allowed to write “who caress” questions about obscure Biblical events, which reduced their questions to about 14 books.
Dickerson said the hardest challenge was fact-checking questions with the Bible, which sometimes contradicted itself.
(Source: TED Archive/YouTube)