seems every Easter now we are seeing someone new talking about
Jesus in unorthodox ways. This year it’s about a new tomb
found with proponents claiming Jesus was married and buried
with his wife. Are Americans buying this story? Very few,
especially as compared to the DaVinci Code when it came out in
movie form last year.
the great majority of Americans claim to believe
in God and to be of the Christian faith, what do Americans
Today reported last week
on the outcome of a quiz given by Stephen
Prothero, chairman of the religion department at Boston
University and author of “Religious Literacy, What Every
American Needs to Know”, which shows 60% of Americans
can’t name 5 of the 10 Commandment in the Bible, and over
half of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah
picked up the paper while waiting for an appointment at the
Hotel to finalize plans for our upcoming
WOMANTalk Spring Luncheon, and decided to
conduct my own mini survey, and asked three young women in
their twenties working behind the front desk, if they knew
But, whose fault is it that young people are so unfamiliar
with such (formerly) common known accounts from the bible?
Parents for not passing on an education of the Bible? Society
for pushing God out of the schools? Or the individuals
are some of the other questions in the Pop quiz:
the four gospels
are the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or the
Christian Old Testament?
according to the Bible was Jesus born?
are the Seven Sacraments of Catholicism?
impoverished by ignorance,” says Rev. Joan Brown Campbell,
who blames Sunday Schools for ‘trivializing religious
Prothero’s solution is to require middle-schoolers to take a
course in world religions, and for high schoolers to take one
on the Bible, and all college undergrads to take at least one
course in religious studies.
author also says schools are failing on the religious literacy
front because they ‘reduce religion to morality’. “We
are not all on the same one path to the same one God.
Religions aren’t all saying the same thing. That’s
presumptuous and wrong. They start with different problems,
solve the problems in different ways, and they have different
the author’s ideas are great, it would be a huge battle to
ACLU, Richard Dawkins and others of the
atheism,’ which is a more aggressive
‘Blasphemy Challenge’) wouldn’t stand
for a return of God to our public schools. And their
allies, such as the Center for Progressive
Christianity and Soulforce, the gay-activist
group which is currently on its
Ride across the nation protesting the moral
codes of Christian colleges, would be fighting alongside them.
asked earlier in this article who is to blame for
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