Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Teaching Religious Literacy

The NPR radio magazine "On Point" with host Tom Ashbrook, recently had an episode dedicated to "Teaching Religious Literacy". It was a very thought provoking discussion and really got me thinking.

Here is a capsule --

" Americans are among the most religious people on earth, if you ask if they believe. But if you dig a little deeper and ask for a few details on their religion or anyone else's, don't expect too much. Surveys show only half of Americans can name even one of the four Gospels -- never mind the four Noble Truths or Buddhism, or the Ten Commandments.
Religious studies scholar Stephen Prothero says that religious illiteracy is a serious problem in a world where so much conflict, politics and conviction is framed in religious terms. Such a big problem, he argues, that we need to start teaching religion in public schools to know what we're all talking about."

You can listen to the full show at the link below --

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