Knowledge about religion is too darn low in the United States today. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life just confirmed it with a recent survey. This makes me even more want to develop a study of the Bible, Christianity and possibly all religions that is designed to help all persons understand cultural relevances.
Yes, there are so many religious references in society that a basic understanding of them will help all know, understand and appreciate what is being shared with us. I am a Christian clergyman and do hope you will accept the Christian faith as your own, but even if you don’t I believe you need to have a basic understanding of the Bible and Christian history.
Furthermore, I believe that Christians need a basic understanding of other religions. The Pew study showed that atheists and agnostics actually have a better understanding of religion and religious figures than any other single religious group, though Jews and Mormons came close to their level of knowledge. If we are going to strengthen the cause of world peace and cooperation, we need to understand each other’s faith background.
Therefore, I will continue to promote the study of world religions, religion in the United States and Biblical literacy. Please let me know if any of you would like to pursue some of these questions in more depth. I would be happy to work with you to increase your and your community’s religious knowledge.