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Religious literacy : what every American needs to know -- and doesn't

Author: Stephen R Prothero
Publisher: New York, NY : Harperluxe, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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What's your religious literacy IQ? Quick--can you: Name the four Gospels? Name a sacred text of Hinduism? Name the holy book of Islam? Name the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or the Christian Old Testament? Name the Ten Commandments? Name the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism? If you can't, you're not alone. We are a religiously illiterate nation, yet despite this lack of knowledge, politicians continue to root  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen R Prothero
ISBN: 9780061233210 0061233218
OCLC Number: 123550436
Description: viii, 574 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.
Contents: The problem --
A nation of religious illiterates --
Religion matters --
The past --
Eden (what we once knew) --
The fall (how we forgot) --
The proposal --
Redemption (what to do?) --
A dictionary of religious literacy.
Responsibility: Stephen Prothero.

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What's your religious literacy IQ? Quick--can you: Name the four Gospels? Name a sacred text of Hinduism? Name the holy book of Islam? Name the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or the Christian Old Testament? Name the Ten Commandments? Name the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism? If you can't, you're not alone. We are a religiously illiterate nation, yet despite this lack of knowledge, politicians continue to root public policy arguments in religious rhetoric whose meanings are missed--or misinterpreted--by the vast majority of Americans. "We have a major civics education problem today," says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. He makes the provocative case that to remedy this, we should return to teaching religion in the public schools. Alongside "reading, writing, and arithmetic," religion ought to become the fourth "R" of American education.

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