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LA Times op-ed argues for Bible Curriculum in Public Schools March 20, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Campus, Church, Culture/Society, Politics/Public Policy.

Stephen Prothero, chairman of the religion department at Boston University, argues in the LA Times that Biblical illiteracy is tanking America–both in the spiritual and civic realm.  It should be taught in public schools, he argues, because of the Bible’s transformational role in the the history of Western Civilization.

Here’s a taste, “According to a study by the Bible Literacy Project, which publishes a Bible textbook for secondary schools, only 8% of U.S. high school students have access to an elective Bible course. As a result, an entire generation of Americans is growing up almost entirely ignorant of the most influential book in world history, unable to understand the 1,300 biblical allusions in Shakespeare, the scriptural oratory of President Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. or even the prominence of Ezekiel 25:17 (actually a mishmash of this verse and passages from Genesis, Psalms and other books) in the film ‘Pulp Fiction.'”

Read it here.



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