I recently read an article concerning Ector County Texas in which the school district voted high schoolers will have a course published by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. The Bible study will be under the category of "history and literature".
Many are up in flames about such a decision. I can practically hear the shouts roaring across the country over this "abomination of the separation of church and state".
It is to such individuals that I write the following:
However you feel personally, whether you believe it or not, whether you LIKE it or not, the contents of the Bible radically changed the social/cultural/philosophical/spiritual landscape of our world. We study vastly less significant events in history then this.
The Monroe Doctrine of 1823. The Bourbon dynasty of the 16th Century. Heck, I even remember being taught about Henry Rose, the man who invented the barbed wire fence!
Even more, the Bible is a central piece of literature in the history of our world. Good luck trying to understand Shakespeare without a basic understanding of the contents of the Bible.
The life of Jesus, and as it is documented in the New Testament, was a pivotal point in history.
To try and blindly deny its very existence and gloss over the impact it had, and is still having today on history (based on your personal view of its contents or your negative stereotypes of those who believe it) is to be a close minded arrogant fool.
Time for 2 hours of 24 goodness.