I blogged Tuesday about Time magazine’s cover story on whether the Bible should be taught in public schools Ã¢â‚¬â€ as a cultural and historical document. More and more groups across the religious spectrum are supporting the idea.
Today, the new president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Leith Anderson, put his stamp on the new movement by endorsing The Bible and Its Influence, a textbook about the Bible that was prepared by the “Bible Literacy Project.”:http://www.bibleliteracy.org/Site/index.htm
“In The Bible and Its Influence, the Bible Literacy Project has produced an outstanding textbook that will both encourage literacy and open students’ minds to the significant role the Bible has played in shaping our modern civilization. With excellent scholarship, it provides a broad-based curriculum that explores the history, culture and content of the entire Bible and demonstrates the value and relevance of biblical literacy for today.”
The text is now being used by 83 school districts in 30 states. It’s been endorsed by Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress, Archbishop Richard Sklba of Milwaukee (representing the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference), evangelical bigwig Charles Colson and many others.
The magazine of the New York State School Boards Association gave the text a very positive “review.”:http://www.bibleliteracy.org/Site/News/bibl_newsNYSchoolBoard060731.htm
Additionally, the “National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools”:http://www.bibleinschools.net/sdm.asp has produced a Bible curriculum called “The Bible in History and Literature” that is now being used in 380 school districts in 37 states (NOT including New York). The curriculum has been used in elective courses in 1,500 high schools, according to the NCBCPS.