Teaching: Does Sodom Love Gomorrah?

When public schools ban the Bible to duck religious controversy, they recklessly cut off a sturdy taproot of secular culture. To measure the cost, English Teacher Thayer S. Warshaw of crack Newton (Mass.) High School devised a 112-question quiz on simple Biblical allusions, sprang it on five classes of bright, college-bound juniors and seniors. In The English Journal, he reports the result: a sobering case of "cultural deprivation."

"Several pupils thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were lovers; that the four horsemen appeared on the Acropolis; that the Gospels were written by Matthew,...

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