The worth of knowing the bible.

Saw this bumper sticker this morning:

I’ll wager that even the owner of this truck doesn’t put “thorough knowledge of the BIBLE” on job applications.  Perhaps they should try turning in identical applications to a job, the only difference being that on one in the place where they put their academic achievements on the other they should instead write “a thorough knowledge of the BIBLE.”

If you think knowing the bible says the earth came before stars makes someone smarter than an astronomer, you really don’t know shit.

A thorough knowledge of the bible is worth about as much as a thorough knowledge of Harry Potter – i.e., far less than a single college class where you could’ve actually learned something about history, science, music, etc.  In a textbook one might find the cures to all manner of diseases.  In the bible you learn that demons cause sickness.  And if knowing the bible is intellectually worth far less than a single college course, to say that knowing the bible is worth more than four or more years of such classes is egregious by an order of magnitude similar to claiming the earth is 6,000 years old – which lots of people who know the bible backward and forward do.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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