Religion: Illiterates

"The Christianity with which America is familiar is distorted, confused, and almost absurd." This sweeping charge is based on a study of 50 examination papers from a college sophomore class. Author of the study is the teacher of the class, writing anonymously in the current bi-monthly Religious Education. Almost all the students, says he, came from religious homes, had regularly attended Sunday school, and had just completed a semester's survey of religion which included five weeks of Bible study.

Out of the 50, "there were eight or nine religious literates." The rest generally were under the impression:

¶ That there was no...

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