As I've said (many times) before, theological and biblical illiteracy is pretty common among Americans.
There's new and disheartening evidence that I continue to be right about this. As my friend Cathy Lynn Grossman (who was in Kansas City over the weekend for the annual symposium of the Center for Practical Bioethics) writes in this Religion News Service piece, there's lots of biblical ignorance out there.
The American Bible Society's annual survey about biblical knowledge reveals exactly that, she writes. Indeed, 43 percent of Americans quizzed can't even name the first five books of the Bible.
In Cathy's piece, there's a link to a quick six-question quiz you can take to determine a little about your own biblical knowledge. (Yes, I got all six right. If I hadn't I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable writing about this subject today.)
The quiz can be criticized for being too narrow and even a little odd. But take it anyway.
The Bible Society's survey, by the way, measured responses from 1,012 adult Americans.
Biblical knowledge can be helpful, but just being able to name the books of the Penteteuch or the four gospels doesn't guarantee that you have any understanding of how the Bible is to be understood. But it's a start. Well, maybe a better way to say that in this situation is that it's a genesis.
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WHAT'S 007 IN HEBREW?
OK, just for fun today, here's a cute little video about a Jewish James Bond. It's pretty Woody Allenesque, if you ask me.
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P.S.: My latest National Catholic Reporter now is online here.