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Choice News WEDNESDAY, FEB 18, 2009  |  11 comments
Students need to know Bible's 'great stories', poet laureate says

Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion

Children should be taught the Bible throughout their education because it is an "essential piece of cultural luggage" without which they will struggle to fully understand literature, according to the poet laureate, Andrew Motion.

Too many students arrive at university to study English literature barely knowing who Adam and Eve were because teaching of the Bible and its "great stories" is disappearing from the school system, he said. He was not arguing for religious indoctrination, but for people to learn historical stories which have influenced writers. "I am not for a moment suggesting that everybody be made to go to church during their childhood. But what I do think would be worth thinking about [is] how there could be some kind of general treatment of this all the way through a child's schooling," he told the Guardian. ...

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jago | Australia  Find all comments by jago
I just popped back in here .
hidemi williges you are wrong. I know a Chinese fellow who studied the Bible in English classes at Beijing University. It was the set text. He became a Christian and suddenly the stories started to make sense. Also Bibles are published in China these days. Not enough though. It is the house churches that are in trouble with the authorities as they are not official.

News Item2/21/09 8:07 PM
Publican | Northern Hemisphere  Contact via emailFind all comments by Publican
"If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; if God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; if the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; if the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery,
corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end." Daniel Webster (1823).

News Item2/20/09 2:17 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
joe brown wrote:
Free Bibles from
Excellent idea, and since kiddies are taking laptops to school why not have them have free Bible software as from The CrossWire Bible Society or from others?

News Item2/19/09 7:08 PM
Barry from KY. | Northern KY.  Contact via emailFind all comments by Barry from KY.
My children and my foster children go to a small independant school. I think it's a good place. My 7 year old son has autism and he seems to be flourishing there.

News Item2/19/09 11:47 AM
kenny  Find all comments by kenny
Barry from Ky wrote:

"I still feel that public education is no place to teach the bible. It would not get treated with the proper respect that it deserves. It should be taught at home and at the church. It is our responsibility."

I feel that public (government) schools are no place for children from Christian families. Ever. They should be taught at home or in church run schools. It is 100% the parent's responsibility.


News Item2/19/09 7:53 AM
Barry from Ky. | Northern Ky.  Contact via emailFind all comments by Barry from Ky.
I still feel that public education is no place to teach the bible. It would not get treated with the proper respect that it deserves. It should be taught at home and at the church. It is our responsibility.
If the bible was taught at school than how long before someone forces the Koran to be taught at school. Which version of the bible do you teach. How would it be presented... This makes me nervous.

News Item2/18/09 9:11 PM
hidemi williges | san francisco, ca  Find all comments by hidemi williges
jago wrote:
I've been told that in China all students of English have two text books. One of them is the Bible {AV of course}.
I know of people who smuggle Bibles into China and you are mistaken about the 2 books concerning English studies. After all the crackdowns on Churches there, Bibles were the first books to be burned.

News Item2/18/09 6:26 PM
jago | Australia  Find all comments by jago
I've been told that in China all students of English have two text books. One of them is the Bible {AV of course}. I know of one Chinese fellow who became a christian and since then has enjoyed reading those stories with new meaning.
If the bible can be used in this way in an antichristian culture why is it so difficult to see its use in a country based on christian culture.

News Item2/18/09 3:57 PM
Scott McMahan | Internet  Contact via emailFind all comments by Scott McMahan
This is one case where familiarity with the King James (AV) version is important, since its text basically created English literature as we know it as phrases and its style were borrowed. Even for works not particularly Christian (Hardy, H. James, Faulker, etc) so you can't say it's religious indoctrination. I've commented on this before, but to understand even the most basic literature (I have a huge list of just titles taken from the AV -- Stars In Their Courses, Wings of the Dove, etc etc etc) and themes (Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, etc etc etc) a basic Biblical literacy is required. I've noticed that movie versions of something like LOTR have the -form- of the work, but none of the substance. I obviously didn't watch it, but the first movie was on TV once and I saw just a snippet that showed the screenplay writer had absolutely no idea what Tolkien was trying to do thematically with his work. It's even impossible to understand atheist works like Nietzsche without knowing the Christianity he was reacting against.

News Item2/18/09 1:58 PM
joe brown | Northern Ireland  Find all comments by joe brown
Free Bibles from

News Item2/18/09 1:56 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
This is one reason I can't see the Bible being taught in the public schools it is treated as another book, perhaps of great historical and cultural importance but nothing else. The only place the Bible can be taught is at home or in the church (Christian schools are no doubt an exception to that.)
Instructions to Husbands, Fathers & Their Wives -- A Study of Men's Roles.

When public school teachers were Christian, then the following would apply,

McGuffey Fifth Reader, designed for the ten-year-olds of our American frontier wrote:
Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man. Appetite, knowing no restraint, and suffering, having no solace or hope, would trample in scorn on the restraints of human laws. Virtue, duty, principle, would be mocked as unmeaning sounds. A sordid self-interest would supplant every feeling; and man would become, in fact, what the theory of atheism declares him to be --a companion for brutes.
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