Religion: Religious Illiterates

"What does this college generation actually know about the rudiments of the Hebrew-Christian tradition?" To this question an article in the Christian Century last week answered: "It is almost illiterate."

R. Frederick West, who has taught religion in Texas Christian University, Lynchburg College, Va. and Wabash College, Ind., examined "nearly 2,000 students in both church and non-church colleges." More than half of them, he reported ruefully, spell "prophet" as "profit."

Almost all had a religious background; in a typical group of 83 in a non-church college only three had none. Of the others, 68 were Protestants, eleven Roman Catholics and one Greek Orthodox....

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