Religion: The Bible as Culture

WHO was Cain? Where was the Garden of Eden? What is the patience of Job? Many teen-agers cannot answer such questions—and for a good reason: since the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 outlawed devotional Bible reading in public schools, few U.S. school systems have offered Biblical studies of any kind. Justice Tom C. Clark's majority opinion in the Supreme Court decision made a point of recommending that the Bible should still be studied for its "literary and historic qualities," but that option is rarely exercised. Some diehard school districts in a few states still defy the court and teach an old-fashioned...

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