Daniel Duffs conducted a cohesive research on the topic, “The Study of the Bible as an Effective Tool for Academic Success” in which he synthesized other researchers’ findings about the same topic. Clearly the Bible has emerged as one of the most puissant forces in the world. People have used it to further some twisted agendas. But others have also used it to counter those same twisted agendas. The bequest of the Judeo-Christian tenets continues to be the scaffold on which most moral decisions in the lives of millions of people across the world stand. Some social scientists insist that the salient teachings of the Bible continue to have a great influence on the behavioral choices of most people across cultures. It is also claimed that students who study the Bible have the highest GPA and the most improved behavior. In 2010 William Jeynes also conducted a meta-analysis of previous research studies with the aim of assessing the relationship between Bible literacy and behavioral and academic outcomes among individuals living in urban areas. He used three research questions to guide the study. The first research question about conducting an analysis that included determining effect sizes for the Bible literacy variable from all relevant studies that examined either behavioral or academic outcomes. The second research question was about examining and analyzing the relationship between Bible literacy and behavioral outcomes. The third research question was on the relationship between Bible literacy and academic performance. The number of participants in the studies that qualified for this meta-analysis was 50,000. Jeynes adopted a weighting procedure to calculate the average effect size across all the variables of comparison and then calculated the 95% confidence intervals.
The results of the effect size were as follows: The effect size for Bible literacy as related to research question number 1 (the relationship between Bible literacy and behavioral and academic outcomes) was .33. The effect size for research question number 2 (association between Bible literacy and behavioral outcomes achievement) was .32. Research question 3 analyzed the relationship between Bible literacy and academic performance. This effect size, .73, was greater than the one found in research questions 1 and 2. Overall, the results of this meta-analysis indicate that Bible literacy is associated with positive behavior as well as academic performance. The Bible is a mine of wisdom. Therefore, it should not surprise us that individuals who have significant Bible literacy should demonstrate remarkable behavioral outcomes. The believer knows that he/she is created for a purpose, and that God is the only One who can empower his/her brain to decode and accomplish that purpose. Although most scientists and indeed lay people liken the brain to a computer there is nothing that has been made by a human being that can match the intricacies of the human brain with its 200 billion cells that communicate with each other through trillions of synapses to guide the activities and responses of the entire human body! Marian Diamond, a brain researcher and professor of neuro-anatomy at the University of California at Berkley claims that “This mass of protoplasm has the capacity to think and classify information in the memory beyond what man can understand…No other organ can store more information for 100 years to the degree the brain can. With the intricacies and original creation of ideas that come from the human brain, it is unquestionably the most esoteric functional mass of Earth,” (Hopson, 1985, pp. 22). “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life,” (John 6:63). The Word of God revitalizes the intellect of the believer every time it is studied by imparting fresh life to it.
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