Interfaith Group Publishes Biblical Textbook for Public Schools

September 23, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

On September 23, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "An interfaith group released a new textbook yesterday aimed at teaching public high school students about the Bible while avoiding legal and religious disputes.

The nonprofit Bible Literacy Project of Fairfax, Va., spent five years and $2 million developing 'The Bible and Its Influence.'

The textbook, introduced during a Washington news conference, won initial endorsements from specialists in literature, religion, and church-state law... The colorful $50 book and forthcoming teacher's guide, covering the Old Testament and the New Testament, are planned for semester-long or full-year courses starting next year.

The editors are Cullen Schippe, a retired vice president at textbook publisher Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and Chuck Stetson, a venture capitalist who chairs Bible Literacy. The 41 contributors include prominent evangelical, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, and secular specialists."