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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Stephen Prothero on Religious Literacy

I was just watching the Travis Smiley Show and Boston University professor and author Stephen Prothero was the guest. Prothero has recently published a book, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn't" and was commenting on the lack of knowledge about the Bible and Christ even among believers living in a "Christian nation." Travis asked the question of why the nation is so ignorant and Prothero's response was right on. He said that churches are today spending lots of time preaching the self-edifying message of "Jesus is love" without challenging the church with a full biblical presentation of who Jesus is and what he said.

I don't know the theology of Prothero, but he has hit the nail on the head with that comment. The diluted message of "be nice and love people" lacks any substance when not properly placed in the context of the entire canon and teaching of Scripture. That is a message we can get from Oprah, who needs church? Prothero's book will go on my summer reading list.


Blogger Tim Kuehn said...

It also leaves out the "God is just and righteous" part, and what'll happen to those who die in their sins.

Speaking of which - when was the last time you heard a sermon talk about the negative consequences of sin - other than "you don't measure up"?

April 10, 2007 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The host's first name is Tavis.

April 13, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger pdblake said...

How fortunate, for now anyway, that the majority of the body of Christ is not lactose intolerant!

April 20, 2007 9:55 PM  

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