They also spend some time discussing the idea that the Bible 'needs' to be taught in public school forwarded by Boston University professor Stephen Prothero, the author of "Religious Literacy." Prothero argues that studying the Bible in public schools "is essential to be a full fledged, well rounded citizen" in the United States.
Here are a few quotes and reasons why the Bible should be taught in the public schools:
* "It is the bedrock of Western Civilization."
* It is constitutional as long as we don't preach it."
* The Bible so pervades western culture, that it is hard to call anyone educated who hasn't at least given thought to its key passages."
* According to Religious Literacy (the book previously quoted) polls show that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bible holds the answers to 'all or most of life's basic questions.'"
* "Simply put, the Bible is the most influential book ever written."
* "Not only is the Bible the best selling book of all time, it is the best-selling book of the year every year."
* The article makes the point that it is more important to study the Bible than to study Shakespeare, since Shakespeare alludes to scripture over 1,300 times. How can you understand Shakespeare if you don't know the Bible?
* The Bible provided the underpinnings of the women's rights and prison reform movements in America.
Hundreds of school systems across the nation are beginning to teach the Bible in public high schools. For those that have created curriculum used across the country see the following links
- As soon as I finished this post I saw this article about Texas trying to get eh Bible taught in the schools there. Check it out and do teh same in yor school system.
Call your school boards and get the Bible in your school system. Why should we be the last to jump on an increasing national trend? Besides the Bible rocks!