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     Here’s a definition for Biblical literacy that addresses both the condition of being literate and the method for achieving literacy:

 

“Biblical literacy is the ability and willingness to use reading, listening, speaking and writing to understand the word of God and be understood by others.” *

*Definition Source unknown

      This definition speaks to (1) one’s potential towards Biblical literacy; (2) motivation behind the condition of being literate; (3) the methods for achieving literacy; and (4) the mission of being Biblically literate.

 

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POTENTIAL TOWARDS BIBLICAL LITERACY

(1)   Includes human nature (spirit, soul & body)~~ The potential for Biblical literacy resides in two realms--the spiritual and the physical

(2) Influencers such as personality traits (psychology in the classical sense--"the study of the soul"), biological & genetic factors (body), thinking/learning styles, sociology, educational experiences, family atmosphere or home life, parenting styles, culture, socio-economic factors, etc. all contribute to the potential of one's tendency to become Biblically literate.  Motivational factors (a person's will) are addressed elsewhere.

(3)   Includes learning skills a person has that is necessary to achieve literacy.

 

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MOTIVATION TOWARDS BIBLICAL LITERACY

             *Often motivation refers to the drive behind behavior.

(1)   Includes how affective factors {internal workings} such as spiritual condition, beliefs, attitudes, prejudices, cultural understandings, assumptions or logical conclusions, thought patterns (rational, irrational & rationalizations) and intent, impress great force on an individual’s ability to be Biblically literate.

(2)   So, motivation can be defined as how one’s willingness (volition or will) influences his or her  ability to become and remain Biblically literate.

 

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METHODS FOR ACHIEVING BIBLICAL LITERACY

(1)              Includes the ability to use receptive skills such as reading and listening to gather Biblical information (critical reading and listening skills).

(2)              Includes the ability to use transmitter skills such as speaking and writing to send Biblical information to others (communication skills).  Other critical thinking skills are involved

                    

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            MISSION OF BEING BIBLICALLY LITERATE

                        The mission of being Biblically literate include fulfilling objectives of outreach to others and for the encouragement of other Christians to the glory of God.

 

 

 

 

©2001 Thomas L. Reed II

 
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