Monday, March 26, 2007

TIME magazine makes a case for teaching the Bible in school

The cover of TIME magazine caught my eye. Here's a link to the article. The author makes the surprising case that it should be.
"Should the Holy Book be taught in public schools? Yes. It's the bedrock of Western culture. And when taught right, it's even constitutional."


Pat Kirk said...

What do you think of this? I would applaud it if I didn't know how secular the Bible can become in a secular hand.

Would they bring in people who actually know what they are talking about?

Would they tie their hands with rules about separating church and state?

Admittedly, I didn't read the article.

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

thanks, Arloa, for posting this. I almost picked up Time off the newsstand yesterday when I saw the cover.
the article was interesting and balanced, and helpful for understanding the issue.
I think it would be great if public schools taught the Bible, because:
1. I have found that even churchgoers don't always know what it actually says and need to be educated about it. and
2. My kids are in public school and I think it would provide them a way to talk outside the classroom with their friends about what they believe.

Arloa Sutter said...

What do I think? I think this is wonderful. To have a widely read nonreligious magazine put this on the front cover is incredible. While I'm sure the ACLU would fight it, the case can be made that the Bible is a book of influential literature that Americans should know about. What unbelievers might not understand, is that the word of God is powerful. The world was spoken into existence with the word of God. Even if taught as literature in a secular environment, a basic understanding of Scripture could make a huge difference in our society because the Holy Spirit would use it to speak to people. Like a lion we don't have to defend Scripture, just let it out of the cage.