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Posts tagged as “Bible”

First take

Whatever your religious views, this much about the Bible should be clear and broadly acceptable: It is great literature and full of flourishes of brilliant use of language. High profile atheists routinely have said as much. And for that reason there's a clear case for placing the Bible in schools as a reference. But it's not equally useful for everything. The Idaho Republican Party last weekend proposed the Bible be “expressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes to further the study of literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, U.S. and world history, comparative government, law, philosophy, ethics, astronomy, biology, geology, world geography, archaeology, music, sociology, and other topics of study where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant.” Comparative religion? Okay. Comparative government? Debatable at best. Philosophy? As one source among others, could be. But astronomy? (Does anyone remember Galileo?) Geology? Biology? Music? You get the sense the agenda here runs something beyond what most of us think of as education.

Where did the early inhabitants of Europe come from? Apparently from Russia, around 3000 bc, and with a genetic switch that made cow milk drinking practical. Another piece of history filling in.