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Biblical Illiteracy in U.S. at Crisis Point, Says Bible Expert
Chirstian Post U.S. ^ | June 16, 2014 | Lillian Kwon

Posted on 06/17/2014 12:34:55 PM PDT by upbeat5

For the past 15 years that Kenneth Berding has been teaching the New Testament, he admits that his students have always had little knowledge about the Bible. But today, he says, biblical illiteracy has reached a crisis point.

"All the research indicates that biblical literacy in America is at an all-time low," Berding, professor of New Testament at Biola's Talbot School of Theology, told The Christian Post. "My own experience teaching a class of new college freshman every year for the past 15 years suggests to me that although students 15 years ago knew little about the Bible upon entering my classes, today's students on average know even less about the Bible."

(Excerpt) Read more at christianpost.com ...


TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: bible; biblical; illiteracy

1 posted on 06/17/2014 12:34:55 PM PDT by upbeat5
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To: upbeat5

That ignorance often extends all the way into the pulpit.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 12:42:09 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: upbeat5

I agree and fall short myself. However, I think that I understand clear Biblical Truths on certain things.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 12:42:47 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: upbeat5
"All the research indicates that biblical literacy in America is at an all-time low," Berding, professor of New Testament at Biola's Talbot School of Theology, told The Christian Post. "My own experience teaching a class of new college freshman every year for the past 15 years suggests to me that although students 15 years ago knew little about the Bible upon entering my classes, today's students on average know even less about the Bible."

PFL

4 posted on 06/17/2014 12:43:17 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: upbeat5
When all is said and done, the only really worthwhile reading material are the Holy Bible and the US Constitution. The Holy Bible is, of course, the Inerrant Word of God serving as the instruction manual for life. The US Constitution, was also Divinely Inspired and is likewise the instruction manual for an entire country. I might also add the McGuffey Readers to that list but, in actuality, God's Word and those of the Founding Fathers comprise the totality of everything genuinely worth knowing.
5 posted on 06/17/2014 12:47:57 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: upbeat5

With the self professed exception of Hillary Clinton.


6 posted on 06/17/2014 12:49:22 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: upbeat5

And it’s because the culture is constantly telling them that the Bible lies about everything. In reality, the depraved filth the culture substitutes in the Bible’s place are the lies.


7 posted on 06/17/2014 12:49:26 PM PDT by afsnco
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To: upbeat5

Illiteracy of the Bible is only one of many ‘books’ our people know little of. Thus the mess we are in.


8 posted on 06/17/2014 12:50:04 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: re_nortex

I will agree.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (You can count my felonies by looking at my FR replies.)
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To: re_nortex
When all is said and done, the only really worthwhile reading material are the Holy Bible and the US Constitution. The Holy Bible is, of course, the Inerrant Word of God serving as the instruction manual for life. The US Constitution, was also Divinely Inspired and is likewise the instruction manual for an entire country.

Inasmuch as I like the U.S.Constitution, we'll have to agree to disagree on this point.

10 posted on 06/17/2014 12:52:13 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Alex Murphy
Inasmuch as I like the U.S.Constitution, we'll have to agree to disagree on this point [of it being Divinely Inspired].

When people asked Alexander Hamilton about the Constitution, he said: "For my part, I sincerely esteem it a system which, without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests."

That quote, and several others like it, can be found in the scholarly article, WAS THE CONSTITUTION DIVINELY INSPIRED?.

11 posted on 06/17/2014 1:00:22 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

“When all is said and done, the only really worthwhile reading material are the Holy Bible and the US Constitution. The Holy Bible is, of course, the Inerrant Word of God serving as the instruction manual for life. The US Constitution, was also Divinely Inspired and is likewise the instruction manual for an entire country. I might also add the McGuffey Readers to that list but, in actuality, God’s Word and those of the Founding Fathers comprise the totality of everything genuinely worth knowing. “

I sure hope my doctor read Gray’s Anatomy. I hope the engineer for my house did the readings on materials strength. I hope the guy who programmed Free Republic read up on the programming languages.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 1:03:22 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: upbeat5

Gee, with all the modern updated versions, how can this be?


13 posted on 06/17/2014 1:05:50 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration

“Gee, with all the modern updated versions, how can this be?”

Some translations get close to blasphemous...

“Ebonibible - Genesis Chapter 1

[1] In da beginnin’ Big Daddy created da heaven an’ da earth.

[2] And da earth wuz widdout form, an’ void; an’ darkness wuz upon da face o’ da deep. And da Spirit o’ Big Daddy groved upon da face o’ da waters.

[3] And Big Daddy enunciated, Let dere be light y’all: an’ dere wuz light.

[4] And Big Daddy seen da light, dat it wuz fine ass: an’ Big Daddy divided da light from da darkness.

[5] And Big Daddy called da light Day, an’ da darkness Night. And da evenin’ an’ da mornin’ wuz da first day.

[6] And Big Daddy articulated, Hey beotch, let dere be uh firmament in da midst o’ da waters, an’ let it divide da waters from da other waters.”


14 posted on 06/17/2014 1:19:48 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: upbeat5
What the Atheists heard:

Fairy Tale Illiteracy in U.S. at Crisis Point, Says Grimm Expert

15 posted on 06/17/2014 1:20:34 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Alex Murphy

Though it’s difficult to believe that God didn’t have a hand in the enterprise.


16 posted on 06/17/2014 1:30:17 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug
Though it’s difficult to believe that God didn’t have a hand in the enterprise.

Agreed.

17 posted on 06/17/2014 1:49:33 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: .45 Long Colt

“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” ~St. Jerome


18 posted on 06/17/2014 3:29:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: re_nortex
The US Constitution, was also Divinely Inspired

?

19 posted on 06/17/2014 3:56:54 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: upbeat5

Proud to be illiterate.

20 posted on 06/17/2014 4:01:02 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Please see post #10 and its link.


21 posted on 06/17/2014 4:26:19 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: upbeat5

This Catholic knew Biblical literacy was a problem when I was sitting on my couch kicking the butts of most of the Evangelicals on the American Bible Challenge. I’m a Rosary guy - The only Bible reading I get is at Mass. That, and reading the occasional children’s Bible story to one of the grandkids.


22 posted on 06/17/2014 4:31:35 PM PDT by old and tired
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To: upbeat5

There was someone online a few days ago that did not know the difference between the Catholic Bible and the KJV. I was stunned.


23 posted on 06/17/2014 5:54:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: re_nortex

The King James Bible should be on every High school English reading list. The problem is that there would be too many complaints about 1. Interpretations 2. The very idea of the Bible being taught in a Literature class.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 7:30:08 AM PDT by Borges
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