Posted by: Scott | Thursday, April 20, 2006

Controversial literature class

There was an interesting report on the news while I was on lunch earlier this morning:

It's been printed in every language, in every country, and remains as much a fixture of hotel nightstands as a telephone and alarm clock.
And yet in classrooms all around the country where Homer, Tolstoy, and Twain are studied as a matter of course, chances are, what many consider the single most influential piece of literature in the world, is largely ignored, reports CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan.

What is this class? The Bible as literature. Obviously there exists a fine line here as far as teaching literature vs. teaching the Word of God. I must say that I like the idea of our nation's public school youth being able to take a class where the objective is to read the Bible, even if it is only an elective. Part of the controversy that exists is who should do the teaching. I would actually prefer having teachers from outside the school coming in. In a nation such as ours, I am sure that there would be demands for equal access across the religions, something that I could go along with, on the provision of that the belief system of the teacher is stated to assist the parents/students in deciding.

Another issue that comes along is what translation? My initial thought was use the KJV, as it has a certain literary tone. But now I'm thinking use multiple translations for comparison purposes (differences in language, similarity of translation, etc…).

Please note: that just because I have given limited support of Bible as literature classes, that does not mean that I view the Bible as "just literature." It is a sacred book that is sharper than any two-edged sword and used of the Spirit to convict the heart.

My thoughts of the moment (in progress and developing)


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