What is Christian Literacy?

refers to the ability to use a language - to know what words means, to be able to use grammar, sentence structure, to be able to converse in that language is to be literate.

Religious literacy
means having the ability to understand and speak about our faith intelligently. It’s the ability to communicate the basic tenets of our religion.

I'm very grateful to B.U. Professor Stephen Prothero for his excellent book, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know and Doesn't." This book, along with my desire to teach the faith, served as the inspiration for this effort.

Friday, May 4, 2012


A friend of mine grew up in an area with a lot of conservative churches
filled with people trying to make sure he was a Christian. Defending his
faith was almost a weekly occurrence. While I generally admire the boldness and
sense of purpose behind evangelistic outreach, after a while it became
quite tedious for my friend, and he regularly searched for new and
creative answers to the question, "Are you a Christian?"

One day he answered, "I hope so." The evangelist responded, "You should be
My friend said, "I am sure of what I believe. I just hope my life
measures up in some way to my beliefs."

The story reminded me of the first title ever given to Christ-followers -
people of "The Way" (Acts 9:2). The title suggests that Christianity is a journey
and a path, a way to God and a way of life. Being a Christian is more than
just believing the right stuff. It's striving to live it.

A Christian is a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which
Christ speaks, a pair of hands through which Christ serves, and a soul
through which Christ lives.

Here's a thought: Jesus never healed people the same way twice. His work within each one of us is unique.

Question: What is your definition of a Christian? How would you put it
into words?

Prayer: Loving God, help me to articulate what my faith means to me. Most
of all, help me to live what I believe. Amen.

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