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Associated Press/ABC12:
Teaching the Bible as literature: Teachers say it can, and should, be done

Washington (04/27/05)-- Walk on water, good Samaritan, the last shall be first.
Those are just a few of the literary and cultural expressions that today's students don't understand if they're biblically illiterate.

Virtually all -- 98 percent -- of high school English teachers surveyed for a new Gallup poll say understanding the Bible gives students a distinct educational advantage.

Survey researcher Marie Wachlin said students who lack biblical knowledge are "clueless" when it comes to understanding many references that are common in English literature.

Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center said the Bible can be taught as literature in public schools without violating the Constitution.


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