“She was right that reality can be harsh and that you shut your eyes to it only at your peril because if you do not face up to the enemy in all his dark power, then the enemy will come up from behind some dark day and destroy you while you are facing the other way.” ~Frederick Buechner
I read an article recently that indicated a surprisingly large percentage of people believe that Jesus was married to Mary Madgalene. This kind of news always disturbs me, not because I think it would be a problem for Jesus to have taken a wife (that’s a whole different issue), but because of the failure of people to discern fact from fiction. What a lack of biblical historical knowledge must be in play for people to believe such a thing.
This ignorance is not limited to biblical matters, but extends into all of history. For example, in this article, you can learn that over half of Britons surveyed believe that Sherlock Holmes actually existed. On the other hand, 23 percent of the 3,000 Brits surveyed thought World War II prime minister Winston Churchill was made up.
Who is teaching these people? And what are they being taught? Certainly neither history nor logic. I find this kind of thinking unfathomable.