Administrators and other authorities in academia continue to conduct research aimed at finding viable techniques that can be applied as tools to improve students’ academic performance. One research study’s findings revealed that there is a significant association between religiosity and academic performance. Although the Bible is fast being relegated to the background as an archaic book whose reliability is fast becoming questionable, it is impossible to study the history of modern civilization without encountering its principles in the documents the govern myriad polities of our time. Sometimes these principles have been etched into stone at the entrance of public buildings. Other times they have graced the units of our currency. Furthermore, these principles function as scaffolds of some of the world’s greatest legislative and judicial systems. For example, the influence of the Bible on the Constitution of the United States is unequivocal and this same Constitution has served as a model for 175 constitutions of other nations around the world! The Bible has even shaped some of the idioms incorporated in everyday verbal exchanges. Listen to what Charles McGrath, a former atheist editor of the New York Times had to say in 2011 about the historical place and influence of the Bible in the United States: “The influence of the King James Bible is so great that the list of idioms from it that have slipped into everyday speech, taking such deep root that we use them all the time without any awareness of their biblical origin, is practically endless: sour grapes; fatted calf; salt of the earth; drop in a bucket; skin of one’s teeth; apple of one’s eye; girded loins; feet of clay; whited sepulchers; filthy lucre; pearls before swine; fly in the ointment; fight the good fight; eat, drink and be merry.” A study of randomly selected students showed that students who had “the highest level of Bible literacy also had the highest GPA, the highest ranking in test and grade results, and the best school behavior…” (Jeynes, 2009). Conversely, students who had the lowest Bible literacy had significantly lower grades and worse behavioral traits than their counterparts. Is it the Bible that is archaic or maybe as William Lane Craig aptly puts it, it is just that there is a need to present biblical tenets in a manner that fosters “a cultural milieu in which the gospel can be heard as a viable option for thinking people”?
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