Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The Real Problem?
"According to Religious Literacy, polls show that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bible holds the answers to 'all or most of life's basic questions,' but pollster George Gallup has dubbed us 'a nation of biblical illiterates.' Only half of U.S. adults know the title of even one Gospel. Most can't name the Bible's first book. The trend extends even to Evangelicals, only 44% of whose teens could identify a particular quote as coming from the Sermon on the Mount." - An excerpt from "The Case for Teaching the Bible," by David Van Biema, Time magazine, April 2, 2007. Is anybody else out there comforted by knowing that the Bible is used for bashing mainly because it's so heavy (especially in hardcover)...and not because anybody is really taking it seriously? To me, this is hopeful stuff. Maybe if people actually READ it, they'd GET it. In other words, the problem we face in the U.S. isn't too MUCH Christianity. It's too little.
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Quick link to my books & web site
- Reclaiming the C Word: Daring to Be Church Again, 2006
- No Experience Necessary: Everybody's Welcome, 2005
- A Story Worth Sharing: Engaging Evangelism, 2004
- Reclaiming the L Word: Renewing the Church From its Lutheran Core, 2003
- Dancing Down the Hallway: Spiritual Reflections for the Everyday, 2001
- No Experience Necessary: The Bible Study (units 1-8), with Rolf Jacobson, 2005-2006
- A.R.E.: A Renewal Enterprise - my web site
The Bottom Line
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love becomes slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." - Galatians 5:13-14