This may be meant to be more humorous, but there is a serious point. You all probably studied Greek religion in English class. You studied the Greek gods and goddesses.
So, today a friend of mine brought up a story in the news about people having some ribs removed to look skinnier. (Google it for horrifying pictures.) Now, I grew up Christian, attended a Christian college, and even spent a while preaching in a Christian church. My point is that I'm reasonably familiar with Christian mythology. So I said something along the lines of that there was a precedent. "Adam got rid of a rib so he could get a girlfriend."
My friend laughed and remarked that the girlfriend got him kicked out of paradise. But, another person at the table just stared blankly. I'm not 100% sure what her faith is, honestly, though, since this is rural North Dakota, I'm fairly certain it's Christian. It's possible she thought I was being sacrilegious, but I'm leaning toward the idea that she didn't get it. Now, the idea that Eve was made from Adam's rib is not an obscure Biblical story. I had a student in my Anatomy class bring it up this year when he told me that men have one less rib than women. I pointed out that it wasn't true, and left him an "out" by saying that only Adam would have been affected by that anyway.
So, my colleague didn't know this story. So, it occurred to me: at what point do we start teaching Christian mythology in English class? It really is part of our culture and a major part of our history and literature. I do think it's important to teach the mythology, as long as it's not taught as fact.
But, I will concede that we have a lot of people in this country who feel that the Christian religion is different from the other religions.
In my preaching days, one of the things that bothered me about Christians was their Biblical ignorance. Ironically, as I read my Bible more and more, I started doubting it more and more. So, I had a year of feeling superior because I was on my second reading of the thing, but it was the actual Bible that undermined my faith.
So, should we teach Christian mythology like we teach Greek mythology? And, if so, what stories should be part of it, and which ones do we discard?