Seems like every time I visit a "Christian" web site I read that we have to use easier to read Bibles (I'm not KJVO). KJV,NKJV, NASB, ESV are blasted with the line "we can't all read at 8th grade or above." We have to use songs with little words and without archaic terms since no one can understand the big words. Who knows what "How Great Thou Art" even means anyway? We cannot use hymnals since finding the song by using the song number is too intellectually challenging for most folks. We cannot expect to present the gospel using logic and cause and effect. That means no Romans Road or plan of salvation. Instead we must appeal to feelings and lead them to "feel loved and feel the presence of Christ." The lost in a town may talk, dress, look, and act like refugees from the nether world. We "need" to imitate them in order to reach them. Of course, we find this dumbing down in the secular world also--like warnings on containers of milk that this product contains-----milk. People sign contracts without making any effort to read it, then complain when they are held to it. (Yeah, I know about difficult legalese, but I mean perhaps a simple rental agreement for a power tool.) Coming from a time when part of what was acceptable was the idea it was a good thing to tackle the "hard stuff" and when it was expected that the church would help in lifting folks to a higher plane all around, my question is two fold: 1. Are people really getting, well, less intelligent and less educated overall? 2. If so, are we guilty of encouraging that when we dumb down?