Carol Platt Liebau: A Frightening Trend

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A Frightening Trend

There is, in fact, a serious cultural problem that springs from Biblical illiteracy -- we begin to lose any sense of our shared moral and ethical heritage.

But -- contrary to the suggestion in the linked article -- given the temperament of the public schols, they're probably not the right institution to pick up the slack. In fact, what's frightening to contemplate is that what's happened today with Biblical literacy is likewise happening with American civics and history -- with the complicity of the public schools.

Ultimately, how do we communicate on any level without a widespread knowledge of either our governmental or religious foundations?

4 Comments:

Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Biblical literacy amongst American Christians is atrocious. Not only do people not know the Bible, the bits they do know are so mangled up in their minds that they no longer mean what the Bible says it means.

Here in Australia, churches have the freedom to enter public schools and teach the bible to students. Parents are given the option of refusing this, but generally they don't worry too much.

In a school I was in last year, the minister of the local Presbyterian church came in to one of my classrooms and taught the class about the Bible. At least 3 Muslims were present in the class, and they were interested in what he had to say.

I'm not saying that this is what should happen in the U.S., but I will point out that Biblical literacy amongst Christians is the responsibility of the church. If churches are not teaching their congregations from the scriptures then it stands to reason that society generally will lose their understanding of the Bible.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

As if Churches are not readily available for anyone who wants to attend for free.

Let's make Carol's religious beliefs mandatory education for freedom's sake.

7:46 AM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

ETC, sorry do disagree (ok, i'm not sorry) but the Bible is a basic document to our society. Whether you are observant or not, the bible affects you greatly. Besides it's moral discussions, How can one teach Literature to students who do not have any knowledge of the Bible.

Yes churches (and Synagogues and Mosques) are avaiable for all - I think that in a class of students of various backgrounds a discussion on the bible can be a magnificant adventure in education.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

There is illiteracy, biblical illiteracy and then there are people who just can't be bothered to read. This sentence for instance: "But -- contrary to the suggestion in the linked article -- given the temperament of the public schols, they're probably not the right institution to pick up the slack."

Hmm. Has lots of consonants and vowels and stuff. Could it have a meaning? Nah... too complicated. Where's my iPod?

When Absalom got his hair caught in the thicket, I bet it was a thicket of ideolocical talking points.

12:33 PM  

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