When reading a novel aloud to my students, should I omit passages that take the Lord's name in vain?


Full Question

As a literature teacher, I read novels aloud to my students. When authors take the Lord’s name in vain, should I omit this from my reading?

Answer

If the book is otherwise appropriate to read to the students, there is no need to censor the language in it. In teaching literature you train students how to read and comprehend difficult language. You may want to consider such instances opportunities to teach students the context in which certain words and phrases are used.


Michelle Arnold