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[Blogs] Bible classes as Literature?

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Bible classes as Literature? http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/03/08/bible.classes.ap/index.html ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Georgia is poised to introduce two literature classes on the Bible in public schools next year, a move some critics say would make the state the first to take an explicit stance endorsing -- and funding -- biblical teachings. The Bible already is incorporated into some classes in Georgia and other states, but some critics say the board's move, which makes the Bible the classes' main text, treads into dangerous turf.Why do we pretend they are telling the truth here about their intent? They aren't. This is a blatant attempt to preach to other people's kids on the federal dime.The real result of this will he huge classes (due to incredible peer-pressure and no class size limits) and preaching (oc Christianity) by teachers and students. On your tax dollar. http://www.atheists....s_as_literature

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There are 27 different types of Jewish literature represented in the Bible if you include both the new and old testaments. If you separate each type into it's own category and were to send the works to a literary critic, they would quickly send you a rejection letter. The Bible is very poor literature and these "educators" are fully aware of that. The stories are inconclusive, poorly written, fragmented as bad as is possible and even the repetitions do not sync. The dates and times of the year for the supposed events are completely wrong and the poetry does not translate to english. If the Bible were introduced into any literature program it would and could only be used as a very poor example of a horribly translated, unbelievably bad edited and very difficult to follow fictional mish mash of epic proportion, written by absolutely unknown authors. If any of these "Teachers" willingly use the Bible as a basis for a literature class, then I would definitley want to examine their own credentials.

I took two years of western Religion from the University of Washington and another couple of classes which in fact did study the Bible as literature. The slightly edited opinion you see above was the conclusion not only of the students, but of the professor as well. Of all the religious writings of the 11 top religions in the world, the Christian Bible is the poorest written and least understood.


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