Thursday, January 13, 2005

A Nation of Faith and Religious Illiterates

Was Joan of Arc married to Noah? Apparently 12% of Americans think so. Check out Stephen Prothero's column in yesterday's LA Times.

How did Americans become illiterate about religion? "Because of misunderstandings about the 1st Amendment, religious studies are seldom taught in public schools. When they are, instruction typically begins only in high school and with teachers not trained in the subtle distinction between teaching religion (unconstitutional) and teaching about religion (essential)."


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