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Professors Say Collegians Must Have Bible Knowledge

Professors from the nation's leading universities agree: "Regardless of a person's faith, an educated person needs to know about the Bible" - at least according to a report funded by the John Templeton Foundation released today.

The study surveyed 39 English professors at 34 top U.S. colleges and universities including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. The findings, published in the Bible Literacy Report II: What University Professors Say Incoming Students Need to Know, found basic Bible knowledge to be foundational in higher education.

Dr. Marie Wachlin, author of the report, said almost all of the respondents were in agreement that "a lack of basic Bible literacy hampers students' ability to understand both classic and contemporary work.

"The virtual unanimity and depth of their responses on this question were striking. The Bible is not only a sacred Scripture to millions of Americans, it is also arguably - as one professor put it - the most influential text in all of Western culture."

Dr. George Landow, professor of English and the history of art at Brown University, agreed.

"Absolutely," he said, "(Without the Bible) it's like using a dictionary with one-third of the words removed."

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