I would argue, conversely, that it is critically important to have a spiritual sense of God and ethical standards, rather than be well versed in the underpinnings of all religious doctrines in the world.

Too many Americans feel they know everything they need to about Jesus and the Bible. Too many profess to be devout Christians, observe their Sunday obligations and claim to be saved, but seem to have a tremendous blind spot to the actual teachings of Jesus.

These same Christians are quick to judge (first ones to cast a stone), and then wonder why Americans are so reviled in other parts of the world.

I wish people would study what Jesus actually taught, rather than go through the motions of their religious doctrine.

If they tried to practice what Jesus preached, they might have an entirely different sense of God and the world around them.

· Tom Caffery (FLA.) / NewsWeek March 26, 2007