BaruchTrue enough ...Sun Mar 11, 2012 20:4322.214.171.124that was once the great purpose of Sunday School. It was for adults, not children ... to teach the illiterate to read. Of course the Quran and Torah have served that same purpose for centuries. The Christians were unique, prior to modern printing, to discourage reading. This was because Christianity had clergy, but Judaism and Islam didn't. The rabbi, prior to the 19th century, was simply the oldest male who was observant, in that vicinity. Same for the imam. With Constantine, priests became government employees, with something to protect.
- Religion can be an inducement to read, though. Mirage, Sun Mar 11 16:48The people who can quote chapter and verse have generally read the Bible many times. In the days when laypeople were discouraged from reading or translating the Bible, vernacular Bibles emerged... more
- True enough ... Baruch, Sun Mar 11 20:43
- More on Reading MN_Morgan, Mon Mar 12 13:52I read in National Geographic that some Scottish towns that solely spoke Gaelic would learn English from the Bible and from the church. This is the problem I have with crooked clergy. They take... more
- This is a universal problem ... Baruch, Mon Mar 12 18:38800 years ago, the Japanese nobleman, Dogen, who was already a Buddhist monk, went to China to find someone who could teach him "real" Buddhism. He didn't think he could find it in his own country,... more
- Re: More on Reading Mirage, Mon Mar 12 14:31Abraham Lincoln also taught himself to read from a Bible. I can understand that depending on the beliefs of the people at a church, there might be candidates those people tend to prefer, but yeah, I... more
- More so ... Baruch, Mon Mar 12 21:45G-d, charity and spiritual work, are what life is supposed to be about. This is why materialism and egotism will always fail, because they are what death is about. Shalom