Brian Bolton Graduate/”Older” Student Essay Contest (Deadline: August 1, 2018)
Who Can Apply: Open to any graduate students through the age 30, or to undergraduate students ages 25-30 who attend a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate by spring or summer 2018.
Submission: Biblioatry is defined as “worship of the bible.” What are the dangers of basing social policy or laws on the bible? Why do biblical teachings make bad public policy? Marshall evidence, topical and/or historical, which shows the harm or threat of unquestioned respect for the bible by Americans, including public officials. You may wish to analyze the flurry of state bills being introduced to encourage or require bible instruction in public schools or promote the Ten Commandments, or resolutions declaring “the year of the bible” or otherwise showing governmental preference for the bible. You may wish to focus on one or two specific threats, for example problematic bible verses affecting women’s or LGBTQ rights, science, children’s health, etc. Include your personal thoughts about the bible and what you think can be done about its undue influence.
Deadline: August 1, 2018