THE BIBLE AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
RESOURCES FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES

by Mark A. Chancey
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Southern Methodist University



The Bible Literacy Project

The Bible Literacy Project

Amanda Colleen Brown, “Losing My Religion: The Controversy over Bible Classes in Public Schools,” Baylor Law Review 59 (2007): 193-240.

Mark A. Chancey, “Bible Bills, Bible Curricula, and Controversies of Biblical Proportions: Legislative Efforts to Promote Bible Courses,” Religion & Education 34 (2007): 28-47.

Steven L. McKenzie, review of The Bible Literacy Project, The Bible and its Influence (New York/Fairfield, VA: BLP Publishing, 2005) in The SBL Forum.

Luke Timothy Johnson, “A Bible Curriculum for Public Schools,” Christian Century, Feb. 21, 2006, 31-37.



The National Council On Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS)

The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools

State of Georgia Attorney General’s 1999 Opinion on the NCBCPS

Texas Freedom Network on the NCBCPS

Amanda Colleen Brown, “Losing My Religion: The Controversy over Bible Classes in Public Schools,” Baylor Law Review 59 (2007): 193-240.

Mark A. Chancey, The Bible and Public Schools: The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools(Austin: Texas Freedom Network, 2005)

Scholarly Endorsements of Chancey, The Bible and Public Schools

Mark A. Chancey, “A Textbook Example of the Christian Right: The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75 (2007): 554-581.

Mark A. Chancey, “Coming Soon to a School District Near You? The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools” at The Bible and Interpretation.

Mark A. Chancey, “The Revised Curriculum of the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools”at The Bible and Interpretation.

Mark A. Chancey, “Lesson Plans: The Bible in the Classroom,” Christian Century, Aug. 23, 2005, 18-21; reprinted in Christian Ethics Today 56 (2005): 18-20.

Mark A. Chancey, “Bible Bills, Bible Curricula, and Controversies of Biblical Proportions: Legislative Efforts to Promote Bible Courses,” Religion & Education 34 (2007): 28-47.

Catherine A. Lugg, “The Christian Right: A Cultivated Collection of Interest Groups,” Educational Policy 15:1 (2001): 41-57.

Frances R. A. Paterson, “Anatomy of a Bible Course Curriculum,” Journal of Law and Education 32:1 (2003): 41-65.

 

Court Cases

Abington Township v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963)

Doe v. Porter (E. D. Tenn. 2002)

Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578 (1987)

Epperson v. Arkansas, 393 U.S. 97 (1968)

Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971)

Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (M. D. Penn, 2005)

McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948)

Moreno v. Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees Complaint


The following cases are reprinted from Westlaw with permission of Thomson/West. If you wish to check the currency of this case, you may do so using KeyCite on Westlaw by visiting www.westlaw.com.

Crockett v. Sorenson (W. D. Va.1983)

Doe v. Human (W. D. Ark. 1989)

Gibson v. Lee County (M. D. Florida 1998)

Hall v. Board of School Commissioners of Conecuh County (Fifth Circuit, 1981)

Herdahl v. Pontotoc County School District (N. D. Miss. 1996)

Vaughn v. Reed (W. D. Va. 1970) Wiley v. Franklin (E. D. Tenn. 1979, 1980)

Wiley v. Franklin (E. D. Tenn. 1979, 1980)

 

Organizations

Harvard Divinity School Program in Religion and Secondary Education

First Amendment Center

Released Time

The Religion and Public Education Resource Center (RPERC) at Californian State University, Chico

Religious Studies in Secondary Schools

Texas Freedom Network

 

Other Links and Publications

Anti-Defamation League, “Religion in the Public Schools: Religion in the Curriculum”

First Amendment Center, the Biblical Literacy Project, and the Society of Biblical Literature, The Bible and Public Schools: A First Amendment Guide

other publications by the First Amendment Center

People for the American Way, The Good Book Taught Wrong: Bible History Classes in Florida Public Schools

Church-State Links from the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University

“Religion in the Public Schools: A Joint Statement of Current Law” (April 1995)

U. S. Department of Education, “Religious Expression in Public Schools” (1998)

Standards for Florida Bible Courses

Standards for Georgia Bible Courses

Teaching Resources from the Society of Biblical Literature

Mark A. Chancey, “Bible Courses in Public Schools: SBL’s Response to a Growing Trend,” SBL Forum, April 2007.

Mark A. Chancey, “Reading, Writing, & Religion: Teaching the Bible in Texas Public Schools” (Austin: Texas Freedom Network, 2006).

Mark A. Chancey, “Textbook Case: Bible Class in Public School,” Christian Century, November 14, 2006, 12-13; reprinted in The Texas Lyceum Journal, July 2007, 25-26.

Leonard Greenspoon, “Bible Literacy Polls,” SBL Forum.

David Levenson, “University Religion Departments and Teaching about the Bible in Public High Schools: A Report from Florida,” SBL Forum.

Laurence Moore, "Bible Reading and Nonsectarian Schooling: The Failure of Religious Instruction in Nineteenth-Century Public Education," Journal of American History 86 (2000): 1581-1599.


back to top