- - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

If you’ve got a recent high school graduate who is shuffling their feet about his or her plans for the fall — “Should I go right into college, or not?” — then you might want to keep them away from this quote by former President Theodore Roosevelt: “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

On the other hand, it might be the very piece of wisdom they need to hear.

Roosevelt, himself a graduate of Harvard and a year of Columbia Law School, was no slouch when it came it formal education. He was a lifelong learner, consuming (and writing) books with as much energy as he did just about everything else in his life.

But Roosevelt’s words here underscore the great confidence that people — including presidents in the public square — had in the Bible.

So if your recent high school graduate desperately wants to do something other than head directly into college, challenge them to “take up and read” (in the words of St. Augustine) and spend the next year reading the Bible several times from cover to cover.

Don’t take it from me though. That comes from a former POTUS!


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