I was reading a post about easter services and noticed the postcard that is being letterbox dropped over in Kirribilli by a church there. It’s a simple, striking typographic design, but there was one thing in the fine print that jumped out at me. See if you can spot it.
More than half of one side of the card is taken up with a bible quote, in bright red text, and the word “death” in blackletter. For me, this taps into the visuals of the old “turn or burn” kind of cartoon tracts that were (and are) handed out so often by sincere people from a previous generation. But it’s the reference underneath that I found really striking. The attribution for the quote doesn’t just say where the quote comes from, it starts out by saying “The Bible”, as if people wouldn’t recognise it in the first place.
This is fairly confronting for me, as someone who is devoting no small amount of effort to understanding the bible as best I can. What do you think? Has the average Sydney-sider lost the ability to identify a bible quote just by using an unusual word like “Corinthians”?