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Letter: Understanding Bible helps students understand other literature

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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:29 pm

David Van Biema of Time magazine has said, “The bible so pervades western culture that it’s hard to call anyone educated who hasn’t at least given thought to its key passages.” Given the fact that great amounts of literature, law and overall moral standards are strongly influenced by the Bible, I would strongly agree with Mr. Biema.

I find it to be a step forward for Arizona to have had the house vote to allow the Bible in public schools.

Whether or not a person chooses to accept the teachings of the Bible is irrelevant. What is relevant, and pivotal especially in our civilization, is understanding that the Bible is a major part of the development of western civilization as we know it.

Yes, it may be difficult for a teacher not to have some sort of religious bias while teaching a course like this, yet the historical content of the Bible and references made to the bible are crucial to understanding our civilization and references made in literature, film, and art. It is infuriating to me that so many of our nation’s youth are oblivious to the historical relevance the Bible has, and what better way to address this issue then to offer a course on the bible?

Parker Speirs


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