One of the most oft cited cause for the creation of new Bibles is the necessity of making the Bible easier to read. While I have heard many opinions about what is easier, I've only seen one objective argument for evaluating which text is actually easiest to read. This argument centers around the use of the Flesch-Kincaid readability tests. In this thread I desire to make a case for Flesch-Kincaid in how it is an authority on this issue and demonstrate how it can be used by anyone to objectively evaluate readability. I will then attempt to test various passages in various Bibles for comparative purposes. Finally, I challenge those that believe it is not an effective test, to demonstrate why Flesch-Kincaid is an inappropriate testing system to use and provide an alternative objective test, with alternative objective results. Authority of Flesch-Kincaid The Flesch-Kincaid tests have history behind them in that they have been utilized for over 50 years. The tests have a major authority behind them in that the most industrialized nation in the world and a leader of the world for most of the 20th century uses the Flesch-Kincaid as a standard. According to Oleander Solutions, The Flesch Reading Ease test "is a standard used by many U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense." The tests have world leaders in software using them as Microsoft Word and Lotus Wordpro include these tests for use in their word processing programs. Institutes of higher learning include the use of these tools. Here is a link to one university discussing the testshttp://www.utexas.edu/research/acce...dability/manual/flesch-calculate-English.html. Here's a University in the UK that sited the use of the Flesch-Kincaid to prove that a certain website was too complex for diabetes sufferers. Notice their comment about the study... "The study used the generally accepted Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level formulae to test the readability of documents." Thus, a couple questions would be. Are the Flesch-Kincaid tests, in fact, generally accepted for testing the readability of documents? Is there any reason why these tests are unsuitable for the evaluation of the text contained within the varied Bible versions?