For discussion

October 13, 2010 | Feature | Number 20
Canadian Mennonite |

1. How well would you score on a college entrance biblical literacy quiz? Do you know the answers to the quiz on this page?  How/where did you gain knowledge about the Bible?

2. How has the curriculum used in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School changed in the last 50 years? What do you think has caused this shift? Do these changes indicate that our attitude towards the Bible has changed? Do we expect less of our children than our parents did of us?

3. Ervin Stutzman says that, rather than regarding biblical knowledge as something to be “conquered,” he favours a “formational approach.” What do you think he means? How important is it for Christians to know Bible facts and the storyline? What do you think of John Longhurst’s idea of a test for new members of Christian communities?

4. How worried should we be about a decline in biblical literacy? Is the Bible less important to the Christian church than it was a century ago? What about 500 years ago? What could we do to improve biblical knowledge in our churches?

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