Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bible Class

Public schools are considering offering a course in "Bible literacy". The class would study the Bible as a literary text and trace its massive influence on Western art, literature and culture.

As someone who teaches about Western art, literature and culture to College kids, do I think this is a good idea? Undoubtedly, it is. Perhaps the bulk of the artistic, cultural and philosophical output of Christendom for nearly two millenia only makes sense in light of the Bible. So, yes, I think it's a very good idea. Also, in case it's not clear already, I believe strongly in close readings of primary texts.

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