Americans Incorrectly Attribute Bible Quote, Sometimes to Captain America

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It doesn’t really surprise us that the majority of Americans would misattribute a Bible quote. Particularly the quote in question:

“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up.” 2 Corinthians 4:8

Which is written in a broad first person (rather than the omniscient third person that first comes to mind when you think of Bible passages) and doesn’t even mention any give aways like Biblical names or places.

So what’s notable about the survey? That the options that the surveyors offered as multiple choice for that quote were the Bible, Martin Luther King, Jr., President George W. Bush, and Captain America.

I mean, at the very least it seems like a tacit endorsement of the idea that Cap could have something so awesomely heroic come out of his mouth.

All that the American Bible Society, the people who paid for the survey, will tell us about their stats are that 63% of people attributed the quote to MLK, George W., or Cap (so presumably about 37% answered correctly, which is frankly impressive), and that the majority of those who got it wrong chose Martin Luther King, Jr.

So, we don’t actually know how many people were attributing the words of Paul the apostle to Steve Rogers, but we’d like to think it was a narrow race.

One might wonder how Steve Rogers’ Christian family friendlyness would suffer in the real world for his awfully chummy relationship with one certain Teutonic deity who shall remain nameless.

(via io9.)


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