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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Michael De Groote

About the headline "Captain America verses the Bible"

No, that is not a typo in the headline. It is an example of punautomania -- using an identical-sounding word in co-contextual application such that its juxtaposition broadens the target word's original meaning to the object while maintaining the original word's function and sound.

Saint George, UT

If I have to choose between Captain America and the Bible, I choose Captain America!

BYU Deek
Spanish Fork, UT

um. . . except that Superman is a messianic symbol. Comic books have authors, and last I checked there were no illustrations in the Bible.

And, luckily we have more than one book that proves the existence of God. Not just the Bible, but also the Book of Mormon. "From the mouth of two or more witnesses, I will prove my word" The LDS Church is also open to new scriptures that haven't been discovered yet. Revelation is an ongoing process. True, if you've never read the Bible or the BofM I would expect a juvenile remark comparing God to Superman, and the Bible to a comic book. . . What I don't understand is how all of the people that preach tolerance have very little of it for people that don't agree with them. Hypocritical much?

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Good amount of illustrations in an 1860 Bible. Pick one up and check it out.


@ pagen.....this article isn't even about "proving God". It is about the fact that a good number of people attribute quotes from the Bible to others (albeit one that most are not familiar with since this is a fairly new version.) If you hate religion so much (and I'd venture a guess that you do from your numerous comments on almost every religious article every day) why waste your time reading and commenting on them? Especially when your comment has no bearing on the article you commented on.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To BYU Deek: The Bible had many authors.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

This story isn't worth commenting about, but "punautomania" is. Using "verses" here doesn't work because it is the plural of the noun "verse." The noun "verse" and it's plural "verses" do not transform into a preposition showing the relationship between two nouns like the word "versus." Neither does "verse" have a verb form to allow it to be used like "dog bites cat." In my opinion, "Captain America verses the Bible" is most like saying "dog biscuits cat," and just doesn't work as "punautomania" or as any other method of effective communication.

Hank Pym

Does this mean Stan Lee is God?

Wally West

re: Michael De Groote | 10:43 a.m. Aug. 30, 2011

Regardless of an explanation fit **only** for Niles Crane, its a pun.

American Fork, UT

One is a work of fiction. The other?

Nashville, TN

A few years back some person in our ward got some plaque with a picture of the savior. There was an inscription at the bottom that read, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it."

I think I heard that quoted in testimony meeting 4-5 times a year for five years. To this day we have ward members who think that quote came from the scriptures.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Does this mean Stan Lee is God?' - Hank Pym | 6:35 p.m. Aug. 30, 2011

I won't say Stan Lee is God. I cannot prove God.

But Stan Lee is definately...'The Man.'

Say hello to Captian America for me Hank Pym. :)


Pagen/Pagen or however you spell your name; Someone once said(it is not in the Bible nor was it Captain America) "Convince a man against his will, he's of the same opinion still". This describes you and most of the commentors on this site.In my opinion the Bible and Captain America have no common ground. One is a movie, a fantasy to entertain, only a few years in the making at best. The other is a compilation of history, religious believes, rules that society is based on, ie the Ten Commandments, and for many something that explains our existence and a belief in a Higher Power. It is thousands of years old. There is nothing to compare.

Michael De Groote

New Yorker | 4:04 p.m. is worried about the punautomania in the headline.

The word "verses" is used in place of the normal "versus." I admit it is very hard to understand just how a punautomania works. The most commonly used example, when explaining punautomania, is this:

"I red Chairman Mao's book."

I hope this helps. Thank you for reading.

Wally West | 7:24 p.m. said I wrote at the level of Niles Crane. Thank you for what may be the finest compliment I have ever received. However, punautomania is to puns what Vincent Price is to eggs.

layton, UT

"God helps those who help themselves!"(Hezekiah 6:1) or Saved by grace after all you can do.(2 Nephi 2:23)
It is exactly the opposite of the message of(Biblical) scripture. Jer 17:5 (NIV) This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD."

Prov 28:26 (NIV) He who trusts in himself is a fool...

Monsieur le prof
Sandy, UT

If it's true that most people don't read the Bible, then we are indeed in a bad way. It is the basis of our civilization and much of our language and culture. Even for those who doubt its religious authenticity, it is still studied everywhere as an example of great literature.

Back to the headline: if nothing else, the use of "verses" certainly drew me in and made me want to read the article!

Mr. One Two
Layton, UT

At least Captain America's morals are consistent.

Wally West

re: Michael De Groote | 10:09 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

Wally West | 7:24 p.m. said I wrote at the level of Niles Crane. Thank you for what may be the finest compliment I have ever received. "However, punautomania is to puns what Vincent Price is to eggs."

And what Frank Gorshin is to riddles, Groucho Marx is to entendre, etc...

Wally West

re: Pagan | 8:52 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

"Say hello to Captian America for me Hank Pym. :)"

I will & now I'm going to get smashed w/ Bruce Banner.

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