I agree with Oberon completely. Again. I just don't consider it possible to be educated (and by 'educated' I don't means # of degrees on the wall) without knowledge of the bible. Just not possible, imo.Well, the same is true of the Bible and Western literature. No, scratch that... it's bigger than just literature. It's Western culture, Western civilization. The art, the architecture, the music, the politics, the way the common people in Prague or Seattle or London think. Try to understand all those things without a nodding acquaintance with the Bible, and you're as much as trying to study biology while avoiding Darwin.
This is such an important point:
Personal opinions of the text are not. relevant.my opinion of the text has no bearing on its essentiality to a thorough understanding of Hindu culture
Is there any serious thinker who denies that knowledge of the bible is important? (there might be, but I haven't come across any)