Read What?

As a part time university instructor, I’ve enjoyed working with students for almost a decade now.  And working specifically for a technology-oriented school, I’ve always lamented the somewhat stunted nature of knowledge of humanities – literature, history, etc.  I’ve tended to console myself that this is just an issue with the particular student demographic at my school.  However, it would seem that this isn’t the case.  

The attack on Christianity has reached such epic proportions in the academic realm, that students no longer understand even basic literary references to the book.  Obviously, this means that they aren’t receiving exposure to the Bible at home or in a house of worship either.  But the issue becomes not just theological but also cultural, when the singular bedrock document of Western Civilization is unknown to college students.  I’d be interested if folks think there is another book that has had the same – or greater – impact on Western Civilization.  I can’t think of one.  
This leaves academia in a.  They don’t wish to teach the Bible because the dominant liberal agnostic/atheistic intellectual elite wish to see Christianity (specifically, but undoubtedly they would extend this desire to all religions, eventually) wither away.  They don’t want to have to acknowledge the importance of the Bible to Western culture and society.  But on the flip side, if they don’t teach it, then we have a fundamental disjunct in what constitutes a traditional liberal arts education.  I doubt they would be content to graduate students who have never heard of Beethoven, or Descartes, or Picasso.  Yet each of these individuals was heavily influenced by a familiarity with the Bible.  It was part of their cultural (if not necessarily theological) world view.  
It will be hilariously ironic – as well as more than a tad depressing – if the educational institutions that seem to work so hard to eliminate Christian thought as academically acceptable, end up being the ones to teach the Bible as part of General Studies and liberal arts education as a whole.  

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