Archbishop and the Lord’s Prayer

Archbishop and the Lord’s Prayer April 3, 2012

Rowan Williams thinks the Lord’s Prayer should be taught in public schools because of its importance. I agree it is important; on teaching it in the public schools I have no opinion other than to say the problem is shaped more by lack of church attendance than public schools.

The study, which compared the answers of children aged 6-12 years old and adults who would have been that age 40 years ago, found that children today are less familiar with religious texts than their parents.

However, they are twice as likely to say that religion is important to them compared with those growing up in the 1970s.

Of the 1011 adults surveyed, 931 out of 1011 (92 per cent) said they knew the Lord’s Prayer as a child, while only 571 out of 1040 (55 per cent) of children knew it today.

The Archbishop of Canterbury told the BBC he believed that children should be taught the Lord’s Prayer in schools and is worried by news that half as many children know the prayer.

Dr Rowan Williams said: “I’d like to see schools introducing children to the Lord’s Prayer, so that they know that it’s there, they know what it means and know why it matters.”


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