Bible Bending Item of the Day: The Solar Powered Talking Bible
Denver Post (CO): The Bible should be taught in U.S. schools because it is a part of American cultural life. "As a writer, I'm all for more widespread biblical knowledge, for my work is simpler if I can refer to "the patience of Job" or "the wisdom of Solomon" when appropriate. In that respect, I also support more widespread knowledge of all prominent ancient literature, such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, because there are times when "the wrath of Achilles" or "the virtue of Penelope" can be useful. The same holds for classical mythology, as with "the Midas touch" or "Echo and Narcissus." However, the Bible should not be taught in the school if educators wish to teach that the Bible is the foundation of the American government.
WBIR (TN):Meanwhile, Stephen Prothero is troubled by American's Bible illiteracy. In his new book "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't," Prothero tries targets the "sixty percent of Americans [who] can't name five of the Ten Commandments, and 50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were married" in an effort to combat the tendency to reduce religion to morality.
Access North Georgia (GA): Georgia school district approves Bible classes for public school.
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (AZ): An examination of the "virtuous woman" portrayed in Proverbs. "The time has come for even pious women to realize God never intended for them to limit their lives to suit another person's demands. Rather, married women must use all their talents to be partners with their spouses and good citizens of the world. This is their service to God."
RenewAmerica.us (DC): America's foreign policy must return to its biblical roots and heed the command to "love thy neighbor as thyself." On the war on terror, leaders should remember the prophet Balaam who refused to curse the Israelites saying:
"How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed?
or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
For from the top of the rocks I see him,
and from the hills I behold him:
lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be
reckoned among the nations." Numbers 23:8,9
Shrevport Times (LA): In response to a previous article on biblical contradictions, a reader responds that the writer is "blinded by his own intellectualism and condescension." Christianity is about "faith, hope and love."
AP News: National Geographic Chanel will air two specials on the Bible: "Decoding the Dead Sea Scrolls," examines the modern day impact of "the most important archaeological find in modern times." Meanwhile, "Cain and Abel" will grapple with the question: "Why would God prefer one brother over another?"
ComingSoon.net: Hilary Swank stars in Warner Bros. 'new supernatural thriller', The Reaping, a twisted tale on the ten biblical plagues apparently assaulting a small Louisiana town. Swank plays Katherine Winter, a "miracle debunker" who, as a result of a tragic accident, has rejecter her former faith in Christianity and now seeks to prove that there is no God.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (GA): Steve Moss' new novel "Marked" is a retelling of the gospel story that Moss views as his chance "to finally get even with all of the right-wing, neocon, fundamentalist, holy-rolling snake-handling crazies whom I feel have co-opted Christianity."
The Daily Titan (CA): On why God can't be all-knowing and all-powerful.