Friday, October 17, 2008
Are you literate (biblically)?
Contrary to the fierce atheist apologetics we have been hearing about lately, religious belief and a spiritual sensibility is on the rise worldwide. The problem for the Church is that while people may be "feeling" more religious, their actual knowledge of the faith, including their contact with Scripture, is often sketchy at best. God has revealed Himself through Scripture, yet many Catholics' only encounter with the Bible is at Mass. This is not negligible, but to grow in our faith, we need to become biblical literates. A fascinating column on biblical illiteracy has just been published by one of the premier Vatican watchers, Sandro Magister.