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'Widespread ignorance exists among children and parents about the contents of the Bible, research has suggested.'
and one of the rounds was about the "Books" of the Bible. I (an atheist) was in a team with a hindu, a muslim, and a fellow atheist. The quiz master had no understanding that we couldn't know the answers.
So, yeah. I can see that.
In the sense that it's no different than finding out that children and parents are unaware of other religious texts, or Shakespeare, or Dickens or whatever.
So ashamed (don't smite me God)
I think kids should probably have a basic understanding of it as it's been hugely influential in informing our culture, but I think it would be better if kids knew the central ideas, origins and teachings of all the major religions. It's not at the top of my priority list of what's important for kids to be learning about, though.
it's been 2000 years, so the messages have been ingrained into our culture in ways we're not even aware of. It's in our dna now so I don't think people need to know the actual stories anymore.
This may sound a bit radical, but I actually think this is what was meant by the 'blood' of Christ.
saying that though, the new testament stories are fascinating and do get into your psyche.
on a sunday and there was also one that was similar about the body. i'd also like the characters from both books to go head to head to some kind of amicable conclusion
and the tower that fell down
Lions and the devil and plagues and strong men with long hair and 900-year-old guys building boats to avoid floods. No wonder it's a best-seller.
"It was the olden days"
This one's not in the bible, but it should be
Fair enough people not knowing or caring how long Methuselah lived or what Paul's letter to the Corinthians was about, but things like the Good Samaritan are pretty nice stories.
...featuring popular soap star Russell Crows comes out - that will have The Bible shooting back up the bestseller lists.
We could do a ^this thread to choose a lucky beneficiary.
just not where they came from. You can ask kids all sorts of questions and get odd answers, like Superman being the Prime Minister, or the capital city of England being Tellytubbyland.