No, No, No on Bible as Literature

The Christian Science Monitor has an article about why the Bible should be taught as literature in our public schools to enable students to "win" the future, whatever that means.

Hey, I am all for cultural literacy, but this argument strikes me as akin to those Supreme Court rulings which say it is okay to have a cross on public land because the cross has become a generic or meaningless symbol, which is to say, no symbol at all.

I would much prefer that the Bible NOT be taught as literature in public schools. It was, after all, not written as literature. It was written, and made part of a canon, because it was inspired. Kierkegaard warned about such efforts to take the heart out of religion and compared it to praising St. Paul for his skill as a maker of tents.

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