Teaching the Bible in Schools?

Todd over at Blue Collar Philosophy posted about this yesterday.  Basically, Kentucky is seriously considering teaching the Bible in literature classes.  (The original article can be read here.)  The Bible will be looked at as a piece of literature without looking at the religious implications.  Todd posed the following question:

I think any reading of the Bible in the public school system would be a good thing. Having our youth read and contemplate their lives in light of the biblical stories may do them some good. What say you?

My response was this is a:

Bad idea only because it will promote bad interpretation and eisogesis.

So I pose the same question here.  Is this a good or bad idea (please say why)?


6 thoughts on “Teaching the Bible in Schools?

  1. Instead of editing my post, I will add to the OP here.

    I can think of some other reasons why this is a bad idea.
    1) Unlike Todd, I do believe this will run into Church/State issues. The Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment would come into play here as the State could be seen as violating the 1st Amendment.
    2) I think some Christian groups would take issue with this. Let’s say, for example, you are a KJV-onlyist and the school’s curriculum is the NIV or NRSV. Looks like we have a problem there.
    3) Related to 2)…let’s say you are a Biblical Literalist and your son/daughter comes home from school and says that they learned the creation account was a myth. Would you stand for that?

    This just has ‘Bad Idea’ written all over it.

  2. I believe the word of God is described well in Hebrews 4:12 and Paul rejoiced when Christ was preached, regardless of the motive. God will use His Word in ways we fail to endorse.

    • Camdenstables: Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      In regard to your comment, I’m Lutheran so I firmly believe in the two Kingdoms (two reigns of God). God rules the earthly kingdom (left hand) through secular government and the heavenly kingdom (right hand) through the Gospel. We are subject to the secular government, we have to follow the laws. This is what it means to in the world, not of the world. I see this as a case of the secular government overstepping their bounds.

      Also, what you are describing sounds like Luther’s Third Use of the Law, which the state has absolutely no business legislating.

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