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Biblical illiterates

Three out of 10 British children have next to no understanding of the Bible, and their parents aren’t that knowledgeable either. A Bible Society survey said most 8- to 15-year-olds didn’t know that Adam and Eve, Noah’s ark or Jesus’ birth were rooted in the Bible. More than a third of the 800 children surveyed didn’t know that David and Goliath and the story of the good Samaritan were Bible tales. Nearly half of the 1,100 parents surveyed failed to identify Noah’s ark as a Bible story, and more than one-third thought a Harry Potter plotline was or might have come from the Bible. “There is work to be done,” said Richard Chartres, the Anglican bishop of London.


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