(Don’t) Praise Jesus

The Bible class curriculum is set. And by set, I mean not set. And by curriculum, I mean textbook selection. And by text book selection, I mean NIV, KJV, NRSV, Oxford, RSV, ASV, Living, Message, you decide.

Just don’t be praising Jesus. Talk literature (note to students: Song of Solomon for the steamy novel portion). Talk history. Heck, the ACLU and Episcopalians will probably even let you talk mythology. Just don’t talk too much about theology, salvation, or the other tenets of the Bible unless you’re just studying the “themes” of Romans.


  1. Bill Simon says:

    When I was a wee lad going to Marist High School, they had a course called “Biblical Archeology” that I took. They did not use the Bible to teach but used books that had been written about the archeological finds through the ages from those times.

    Now, if a Catholic school can teach a course called “Biblical Archeology” without ONCE bringing religion or God’s name into the coursework, surely there are some real textbooks out there on the Bible that are not the Bible that could be used to teach about the authors of the different books and the time periods the Bible takes you through.

  2. ColinATL says:

    Erick, you’re saucy this morning.

    Are you saying they should be allowed to praise Jesus in state-funded Bible class?

  3. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Anyone ever heard of the CLC (Christian Learning Center?)

    Alot of schools have them. We have one in Ellijay, completely privately funded. Completely not required. Completely off of school property, and by off of school property I mean in the middle of campus, but the person who donated the land pre-set aside a parcel for the building.

    Seems to work great. I know Fannin and Gwinnett has them now. Not sure where else.

  4. jsm says:

    Why no challenge to Bible reading, Bible memorization, and prayer in state-funded schools until the mid-20th century? Why did we wait so long to “enforce” the Constitution? (Obviously, I jest.)

    The issue of keeping anything Christian out of public schools per modern interpretation of separation of church and state makes this whole idea such a pain in the butt. I imagine that this class offering will bring about much debate and some litigation due to varying local curricula.

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